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Seven supersized knitted architectural towers in vibrant colours, created by Architect Leanne Zilka and Textile Designer Jenny Underwood, will accent the entrance to The Atrium, sparking conversation and joy.
Produced at the RMIT Fashion and Textiles research lab – these textile structures investigate the use of digital design and 3D knitting technologies as an architectural system. Seamless knitting technologies, which ‘print’ 3D forms stitch by stitch (pixel by pixel) allow the designers to produce whole pieces of extruded textile tubes. Combining the scale of architecture with the whole garment technology in textile design, each piece expresses shape using different yarns and threads that have the ability to perform as structures. These works are prototypes of textile ‘skins’ that once combined with emerging digital design and advanced fibres such as carbon fibre and Dyneema yarns could feasibly offer ways to rapidly knit high-strength, light-weight forms for columns and other architectural elements with material efficiency and minimal waste.
The supersized towers aim to invite visitors back into Fed Square, celebrating togetherness and the human spirit. With vibrant colours that remind us of the Australian summer, Knitted Architecture delivers joy through colour and decoration.
Commissioned by Fed Square and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.