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SUPAFISH

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  • The Laneway Group
  • The Taboo Group

Description

Tender from Parks Victoria to utilise a mooring on the banks of the Yarra for the Summer. 

Our Client, Taboo Marketing wanted something that tied in with the river but was completely different to other offerings.

Utilising large modular pontoons as a base and shipping containers for hospitality service spaces, we designed a structure around them based on the skeletal frame of a fish.   

Completely designed and manufactured in-house, the project from initial concept (scribbled on the back of a napkin) to completion of installation was 6 weeks. 

Key Features

1

As the bar was set on the surface of the water the idea was to peel back the “superficial” layers of a giant futuristic fish and reveal the rawness of what was inside. 

We wanted the giant steel back bone to be curved and organic and the main guest space to be within a steel arbour that resembled the thin ribs of a fish.

Had to meet structural and maritime standards, (eg: stability).
  
Designed to withstand 148km/h wind speeds and up to 800mm fluctuation in water levels.

Also to safely accommodate 300 passengers whilst meeting liquor licensing and access requirements

2

Supafish was designed to be rapidly activated and de-activated. This fed into the creative brief that the Supafish “appears” from nowhere, and leaves as quickly.

All components were designed to be pre-assembled offsite and finally assembled in-situ in a modular fashion.
 
Supafish utilised offcut material wherever possible to minimise “new” material usage. 
 
The project further enhanced the company’s reputation in the event and venue industry by showcasing our turnkey offering and rapid turnaround.

Supafish was required to be built in a way that could float downstream under x5 bridges, requiring significant design backend to accommodate logistics.
 

3

With in-house design & engineering we now can accommodate both form and function. 

All our staff (creative, engineering, draftsmen, carpentry, metal fabrication) work seamlessly together to ensure projects like Supafish are designed to adhere to all practical requirements and be visually on brand. 
 
Supafish required every structural component to be fabricated to exact tolerances so that the structure could be successfully assembled on water.

The 3D CAD model was used to optimise the design, build in adjustment where available and balance aesthetics with ease of manufacture.

This was crucial to the success of the project in such a short time.
 

4

Lighting and spatial aspects were considered, ensuring the structure was both iconic externally and aesthetic for patrons internally. Galvanised steelwork was contrasted with soft hues from flexible LED “neon” lighting and a glowing head, covered in architectural PVDF fabric.
 
The organic nature of the structure and the variability in river flows, barge movement, etc., meant the structure was designed to be adjustable during the build, yet rigid once completed.

We pushed the boundaries of the design and scale of what a temporary bar could be.

5

Design gave patrons a true feeling of being on the water, not moored to a jetty.
 
Integrated access ramp, taking into account tidal fluctuations.
 
Stylish décor to appeal to the target clientele.
 
Modular construction to allow the structure to be floated up and down river for activation and de-activation and purposely designed to fit inside 1 40ft container for ease of transport and storage

The curved nature or the frame design meant that every single structural “rib” section had to align perfectly on 3 axes which added a large layer of complexity during an already tight build phase.

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