The Cloud Canopy

Maddison Architects

‘The Cloud Canopy is a small urban intervention designed to improve the public amenity and presentation of Fed Square’s upper plaza.  Conceived as part pragmatic shade structure and part fanciful urban sculpture, the canopy is a curious object nestled amongst the buildings of Federation Square.  A fully glazed roof is supported by a twisted honeycomb structure fabricated entirely from only 8mm thick steel plate.  The inclined hexagonal plates also function as sun shading devices that provide almost complete shade in summer yet full sun penetration during winter.  Despite only being a tiny addition to the urban fabric of Melbourne, the Cloud Canopy aims to demonstrate how a carefully crafted and responsive urban design can positively contribute to the public domain.’ –


2014 AIA Victorian Architecture Awards
Commendation – Urban Design

2014 Dulux Colour Awards
Commendation – Commerical Exterior

2014 ASI VIC & TAS Steel Excellence Awards
Winner – Steel Excellence in Buildings (Small Projects)