Established 1912

The d'Arenberg Cube Umbrellas Revealed

And they’re up! Spanning almost the entire surface area of the glass roof of the d’Arenberg Cube, 16 umbrellas, 15 black and one red, have been installed, with hydraulically operated mechanical arms lifting each of them in a choreographed sequence of movement.

The umbrellas will shelter the building from the bright McLaren Vale sun beaming through the clear glass roof. 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.

Each umbrella is 4-5 metres in diameter. The umbrellas don’t sit vertically because the pattern on the sides of the d’Arenberg Cube is also on the roof. The main support for the umbrella lies the at the junctions of the clear and white pieces of glass, and each umbrella is angled to shade the clear glass areas.

The umbrellas will open when the solar heat gain puts pressure on the internal air conditioning. They are manually operated to expand and retract. They can withstand winds of up to 130kms per hour, however they are automatically programmed to retract when the hits 65kms per hour.

This is the first time in the world a building has umbrellas on the roof to shade the building itself, and not a deck or grassed area.  

This is just one of the many aspects of the d’Arenberg Cube designed to amaze, excite and stimulate your senses. Chester is continuing 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. We look forward to welcoming you this summer.

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