Visitors will enjoy increased levels of respite from the summer heat during the 2017/18 Woodford Folk Festival, with the introduction this year of a state of the art shade structure.
Currently unnamed, it’s designed by the team of architects at Sydney based design collaborative Cave Urban, long time partners of the Woodford Folk Festival and the group credited with the design and construction of many of the bamboo structures on site.
Made of eco-friendly bamboo and shade sail cloth, the structure will run some of the length of Sun Rise – the main thoroughfare to the Amphitheatre and the trail on which the Parlour Venue sits along with the entry to the Sacred Labyrinth, Chill Hill as well as numerous stalls. At one end, you’ll find the Tropic Venue and at the other, the Songlines Venue.
The roof will be undulating between 5m and 7m high at its highest point and will rise and fall in a wave pattern supported with bamboo poles at 3m and 6m intervals.
Woodford Folk Festival General Manager Amanda Jackes says while 120, 000 trees have been planted on site over the years, organisers haven’t been able to provide enough shade for patrons on the streets of the festival proper until now.
“This year we’re working with Cave Urban to trial an installation which we hope will be rolled out on other streets in further years,” she says.
“We hope it will be great respite from the sun for some lazy shopping and dashing between venues to follow your new favourite festival performer.”
Historically, summer temperatures for the week between Christmas and New Year average out at 28.9 degrees celsius, which in previous years has caused discomfort for many ticket and stall holders.
The wave pattern is an important feature of the shade structure’s design – allowing for hot air to escape upwards and space for cooler air to flow through.
Fitted within the interior of the shade structure will be a series of misters, capable of gently distributing a very fine spray of water to further cool people down if necessary.
The shade structure will not only afford a practical solution but also one that will beautify the streetscape, and is expected to become an attraction in itself not unlike the other major projects Cave Urban has contributed to.