Federation Square Cloud Canopy

Client: Federation Square

Involved since its inception, The Maytrix Group recently worked with FedSquare Management to scope and to successfully gain funds to realise a stunning architectural solution for activating the top section of the square.


The Project

Fed Square is home to cultural institutions, bars, cafes and restaurants and a function venue. It is a focal point for Melbourne festivals and events and a major cultural precinct. More than 66 million people have visited since it opened in 2002, making it Australia’s highest visited location. Delivered to commemorate the Federation of Australia, the Square is a landmark and international benchmark for cultural precincts. It opened with a diverse range of cafes, bars and restaurants, and has become one of Australia’s most celebrated and awarded precincts.

At the high point of Fed Square is its exposed outdoor area. Seeking to improve the public amenity and presentation of Fed Square’s upper plaza, The Cloud Canopy was conceived as part pragmatic shade and part urban structure.
Funding, supported by a clear strategic approach and management framework, was required to help realise the design solution.

Our Role

The Maytrix Group worked with Fed Square Management to scope and to successfully procure funds to realise a stunning architectural solution for activating the top section of the squareand provide amenity that would move people away from the large screen at the eastern end of the square and provide shade in summer and full sun penetration in winter.
Adopting a project management framework encouraged effective communication between stakeholders helping the project to meet tenancy requirements and standards maximising design outcomes for Maddison Architects.
Stakeholders supported successful fundraising and the project was realised. The Cloud Canopy now acts as a multi-purpose shade structure and successfully draws public

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