d’Arenberg have released an updated artist’s impression of their five story multi-function building, the d’Arenberg Cube, showcasing its external features, which include the addition of rooftop umbrellas.
Spanning almost the entire surface area of the glass roof will be 16 umbrellas, 15 black and one red, with hydraulically operated mechanical arms lifting each of them in a choreographed sequence of movement. Installation has commenced and is expected to be complete within the month.
Fourth generation family member and Chief Winemaker, Chester Osborn, had the idea to build the d’Arenberg Cube over 13 years ago, and has been refining the plans ever since. “The umbrellas are being installed to shelter the building from the sun beaming through the clear glass roof,” he said. “Due to building regulations, no more that 5% skylight is permitted, and so I needed to meet regulations, while also having a bit of fun, in true d’Arenberg style.”
Each umbrella is electrically operated and retractable, enabling them to fold in and lie down when not in use. The umbrellas can also operate independently, with each set in four quarters.
Chester continues to work on the interior fit out, filling the building with wall to wall artwork, a wine inhalation room, two virtual fermenters, and a plethora of sensory experiences designed to entice and excite the senses.
d’Arenberg have received assistance from a $2 million State Government Regional Development Fund grant, which will support the core structure building construction, internal fitout, equipment and carpark development.
A time lapse camera has also been installed on the property by Logic Films, capturing the building progress, taking an updated photograph every 10 minutes, and can be viewed at darenberg.com.au/cube.