“The umbrellas are being installed to shelter the building from the sun beaming through the clear glass roof,” Osborn said.
“Due to building regulations, no more that 5% skylight is permitted, and so I needed to meet regulations, while also having a bit of fun, in true d’Arenberg style.”
The umbrellas will open when the solar heat gain puts pressure on the internal air conditioning. They are manually operated to expand and retract and can also withstand winds of up to 130kms 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.
Osborn has worked tirelessly 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 designed to entice and excite the senses.
A time lapse camera has also been installed on the property by Logic Films, capturing the building progress.
d’Arenberg is located at 58 Osborn Rd, McLaren Vale