Architects of Air: Katena Luminarium

A giant inflatable labyrinth is popping up in Bunjil Place.
Libby Curran
August 08, 2019


If you've got a thing for bouncy castles and the likes, you're going to feel quite at home tripping through the latest immersive installation from Nottingham's Architects of Air. Famed the world over for their glowing, inflatable 'luminarium' structures, the artists are headed to Narre Warren's Bunjil Place to show off their latest creation, Katena Luminarium.

Once you enter the maze of geometric domes and tunnels, all bathed in a swirling colour palette of glowing light, the moniker makes perfect sense. It's named after the catenary curve, which is the shape of a chain suspended, and is inspired by Antoni Gaudi's design for the Sagrada Familia.

You'll start your journey through Katena in an airlock chamber, opening into a tunnel of domes filled with over 100 catenary curves. The mind-bending main dome boasts an intricate fine mesh shape, ablaze with over 200 colour highlights, including a vibrant green apex.

While you can't actually bounce in it, you can wander through, or simply find a curve, settle in and soak up the supposed calming and energising effects of the ambient space.

Katena Luminarium is open from Monday– Friday 10am–4pm and Saturday–Sunday 10am–5pm.

Images: Alan Parkinson


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