Interfilament Bench - Tom SloanTom Sloan

Interfilament Bench

Client: National Gallery of Victoria
Location: Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia Federation Square, Melbourne Australia
Status: Completed November 2002
Photography: Tom Sloan and Lab Architecture Studio

The plan of the NGV building is made up of two interwoven “filaments” which house the gallery spaces. The  “interfilament” spaces are vast multi level spaces offering views to the Yarra river and the building. The benches developed for these spaces are intended to create conversation as well a private moments of reflection. The internal frame is constructed with a twin steel skin to maintain structural integrity. The frames are produced by a small airplane wing manufacturer. The upholstery is a buffalo leather which is the by-product of the buffalo meat trade in Pakistan. The project was completed at Lab Architecture Studio.

Federation Square is Australia’s most ambitious cultural and civic precinct completed in 2002. It comprises cultural institutions such as The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia (NGVA), Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and Special Broadcasting Services (SBS). It has two major public spaces, St. Paul’s Court and the Atrium. It is home to a variety of eating and drinking establishments and is Melbourne’s primary outdoor public space for broadcasting major sporting events, such as the Australian Open Tennis Championships.


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