Great design isn’t just about how a piece looks, it’s about how it works. We’re committed to making beautiful, functional architectural elements for homes, commercial buildings, enclosures, gardens and public spaces.
We use glass, steel, timber and mesh to create unique architectural features, including balustrades, handrails, screens, lighting systems, queuing and barrier systems, furniture and green espalier systems. We’ve worked on some extraordinary projects, each with its own set of challenges and special requirements.
MMI were responsible for the fabrication and installation of the stainless steel and mesh balustrade for Melbourne University’s Faculty of Architecture. The project’s steel work required complex bends, angles and shaping of mesh, as well as extremely fine tolerances, with each component custom built to individual specifications.
This private residence in Hawthorn featured a curved glass balustrade. It required immense technical skill to build the complex curves and bends, but resulted in a unique and beautiful feature for this home.
The chimpanzee enclosure at Taronga Zoo had some very special constraints. Chimpanzees are notoriously clever and agile, so security and durability were critical. The two families of chimps who occupy the premises occasionally argue and need to be separated. We installed the mesh, cables and stainless steel required to create this fully enclosed section. The result is a secure environment with lots of great activity areas for the animals.
This extraordinary project presented some unique challenges. It took exceptional skill and patience to weave, as this entire shop front is one piece of rope. Tension was also a challenge, as the rope is the actual façade of the building. For this reason, it needed to be woven very tightly and very closely together.
The first major outdoor catenary lighting in Australia, the Federation Square project required a whole range of skills, including the use of boom systems and abseiling to access all areas. Each individual section consists of four cables, which come together and meet at one middle point. The pure scale of these cables were immense, some requiring up to 1000 kg tension.
Beautiful vertical garden installation.
Catenary lighting in Melbourne’s Chinatown, Lt Bourke St.
Example of vertical cables used for a residential balustrade.
Stainless steel handrail and balustrade for a Melbourne residence.
Vertical cable installation along the Yarra River, Southbank, Melbourne.