How do you design venue seating to
work with the most high tech flooring
system in the southern hemisphere?
The 5400 seat Melbourne convention centre
was designed to be extremely versatile
The front of the venue is
re-configurable with floor
panels that an raise or lower
for raised or staggered seating
Or flipped upside down, hiding
the seats for more open floor
space as needed
Traditional gravity seat and back
mechanisms have been replaced with a
reliable and enclosed silent gas-spring
system to keep the seat folded, closed and
quiet when inverted into the floor space.
The design of the seating
envelope was tightly
controlled to avoid
interference with the floor
Beam mounting system
enables seat spacing at
infinite locations along a row
foam arm, styled, textured and
coloured in collaboration with
the venue architect
Simplified and integrated
single part injection moulded
row indicator lights, saving
time and cost
Cosmetic cover panel with
matching upholstery to hide
folding tablet and complex
"Jot" is a fold-out tablet that
provides a conveniently
accessible A3 writing surface
Tablet positioned comfortably
in relation to armrest
All plastic components bear the
recycling code identification
marking, compliant with wordwide
Evoke upholstery covers are
zip removable to facilitate
laundering or replacement
All components engineered and
tested for durability and disassembly
for servicing and long life
Computer strength testing (FEA) was
conducted to ensure strength on
weight-reduced parts. Rigorous endurance
testing on rapid-prototyped parts validated
results prior to mass production
Cost and weight reductions were
achieved by optimising component
design and replacing some metal parts
with engineering plastics
tablet bracket for
A sophisticated mechanism incorporates a gas
strut and articulating knuckle within a rotating
cylinder that facilitates an easy, fluid motion
of the tablet, counter-balancing the tablet
mass even when the chair is inverted.
Upholstery colours are varied
to maintain a consistent look
regardless of number and
placement of guests
Seat padding is ergonomically
contoured using specifically
formulated foams for
An anti-panic deployment
system where the tablet
returns automatically to its
home position when the
user stands, for instance in
an emergency, is a key
The attractive, feature rich and vandal
resistant design provides an innovative
solution to the demands of modern
The success of Evoke at the MCC has
helped Camatic secure key contracts for
other high-profile venues.
How do you design venue seating to work with the most high tech flooring system in the southern hemisphere?
Melbourne’s new convention centre was designed to be very versatile - each row can be flipped up-side-down to hide the seats, creating more floor space as required. The MCC needed a new seat solution up to the challenge.
Outerspace worked with Camatic to create ‘Evoke’. The seat envelope was tightly controlled to avoid interference with the floor when rotated. Traditional gravity back and seat pan mechanisms were replaced with gas springs to keep the seat quietly folded, even when flipped upside down.
Self-skinning polyurethane arms were styled, textured and coloured in collaboration with the architect. A cosmetic cover panel with integrated indicator lights hides the folded writing tablet and complex mechanisms.
The "Jot" writing tablet provides a convenient A3 writing surface, positioned comfortably in relation to the arm rest.
All components were tested for durability, and can be disassembled for servicing and recycling. Upholstery covers are zip removable for laundering or replacement.
A mechanism including gas strut, and articulating knuckle in a rotating cylinder ensures easy, fluid motion of the tablet from storage position. Some metal parts were replaced with engineering plastics to save weight and run through computer simulations (FEA) to optimise strength.
Seat padding is ergonomically contoured using specifically formulated foams for long-term comfort. Upholstery colours are varied to maintain a consistent look regardless of number and placement of guests
An engineered anti-panic feature automatically and gently folds away the tablet if the user suddenly stands up in an emergency.
The success of the versatile and well detailed Evoke at the MCC has helped Camatic key contracts for other high profile venues.