Pace Pallet Services created a custom-made timber container for the storage and transportation of steel panels that were required to create the Australian Pavilion.
The steel panels, made from XLERPLATE® weathering steel, totalled an impressive 6,000 square metres of cladding, so clearly without the help of Pace Pallet Services the project would not have run as smoothly.
Because each panel was a unique shape, the task of creating the timber container was quite a complex one. Managing Director, Pace Pallet Services, Michael Mourad explains that the company was asked to ensure that the timber container could vertically stack and pack the panels just once; to cover all movements right up to the installation of each panel on the building.
It was important that the container be strong to ensure the steel panels were protected, yet at the same time it needed to be lightweight for transportation purposes.
The end result was an A-frame style platform with end protector panels. The timber container was designed in a flat pack style, and the company provided assembly constructions.
William Chan of HANSELL played an integral role in the design aspects of the building itself, and he has been involved in a number of major public architectural and design projects.