How do you design venue seating to
work with the most high tech flooring
system in the southern hemisphere?
The 5400 seat Melbourne convention centre
was designed to be extremely versatile
The front of the venue is
re-configurable with floor
panels that an raise or lower
for raised or staggered seating
Or flipped upside down, hiding
the seats for more open floor space as needed
Traditional gravity seat and back mechanisms have been replaced with a reliable and enclosed silent gas-spring system to keep the seat folded, closed and quiet when inverted into the floor space.
The design of the seating envelope was tightly controlled to avoid interference with the floor during rotation
Beam mounting system enables seat spacing at infinite locations along a row
Self-skinning polyurethane foam arm, styled, textured and coloured in collaboration with the venue architect
Simplified and integrated single part injection moulded row indicator lights, saving time and cost
Cosmetic cover panel with matching upholstery to hide folding tablet and complex mechanisms
"Jot" is a fold-out tablet that provides a conveniently accessible A3 writing surface
Tablet positioned comfortably in relation to armrest
All plastic components bear the recycling code identification marking, compliant with wordwide recycling standards
Evoke upholstery covers are zip removable to facilitate laundering or replacement
All components engineered and tested for durability and disassembly
for servicing and long life
Computer strength testing (FEA) was conducted to ensure strength on weight-reduced parts. Rigorous endurance testing on rapid-prototyped parts validated results prior to mass production
Cost and weight reductions were achieved by optimising component design and replacing some metal parts
with engineering plastics
Die-cast aluminium tablet bracket for extra strength
A sophisticated mechanism incorporates a gas strut and articulating knuckle within a rotating cylinder that facilitates an easy, fluid motion of the tablet, counter-balancing the tablet mass even when the chair is inverted.
Upholstery colours are varied to maintain a consistent look regardless of number and placement of guests
Seat padding is ergonomically contoured using specifically formulated foams for long-term comfort
An anti-panic deployment system where the tablet returns automatically to its home position when the user stands, for instance in an emergency, is a key safety feature.
The attractive, feature rich and vandal resistant design provides an innovative solution to the demands of modern multi-purpose facilities.
The success of Evoke at the MCC has helped Camatic secure key contracts for other high-profile venues.
How do you design venue seating to work with the most high tech flooring system in the southern hemisphere?
Melbourne’s new convention centre was designed to be very versatile - each row can be flipped up-side-down to hide the seats, creating more floor space as required. The MCC needed a new seat solution up to the challenge.
Outerspace worked with Camatic to create ‘Evoke’. The seat envelope was tightly controlled to avoid interference with the floor when rotated. Traditional gravity back and seat pan mechanisms were replaced with gas springs to keep the seat quietly folded, even when flipped upside down.
Self-skinning polyurethane arms were styled, textured and coloured in collaboration with the architect. A cosmetic cover panel with integrated indicator lights hides the folded writing tablet and complex mechanisms.
The "Jot" writing tablet provides a convenient A3 writing surface, positioned comfortably in relation to the arm rest.
All components were tested for durability, and can be disassembled for servicing and recycling. Upholstery covers are zip removable for laundering or replacement.
A mechanism including gas strut, and articulating knuckle in a rotating cylinder ensures easy, fluid motion of the tablet from storage position. Some metal parts were replaced with engineering plastics to save weight and run through computer simulations (FEA) to optimise strength.
Seat padding is ergonomically contoured using specifically formulated foams for long-term comfort. Upholstery colours are varied to maintain a consistent look regardless of number and placement of guests
An engineered anti-panic feature automatically and gently folds away the tablet if the user suddenly stands up in an emergency.
The success of the versatile and well detailed Evoke at the MCC has helped Camatic key contracts for other high profile venues.