Movie World Main Street Canopy

Movie World Main Street Canopy

Australia’s Movie World Theme Park welcomes over 1.3 million visitors annually with some 7000 people per day in summer. With its growing popularity as a function venue, the seating capacity of its restaurants would quickly need rethinking.

The Brief

Design and construct a flexible space with a permanent roof, structure and significantly increase seating capacity. An additional challenge was that construction had to happen outside park operating hours.

The Concept

Considering the elements involved (huge area, wet weather protection, aesthetics, and financial responsibilities) Alan Griffith architects opted for a barrel vault design that would successfully integrate interior and exterior. This ticked all the boxes for maximum design efficiencies and value with a minimal volume of fabric.

The Materials

PVC tensile membrane was chosen for the roof for its durability, longevity, and superior coverage (the surface area being approximately 4000sqm). It also harnesses natural light and by using less material, delivered a lightweight structure with a minimal volume of fabric.

The Result

In keeping with the theme park philosophy, the structure not only fulfilled the brief, (seating capacity was increased 78% from 330 to 1500, it created ana additional attraction. The sky-high walkway of light beneath a skyline wave can be seen easily from the nearby busy highway, creating great intrigue and a promise of another great experience at Movie World.


Project Details

Location: Movie World, Gold Coast, Queensland

Completion Date: August 2008

Size: 4000sqm

Fabric: Ferrari1202 T2 PVC

Client: Movie World