At Base Structures UK, we were honored to contribute to the creation of the mesmerizing venue of “The Lion King”, a musical immersive activation for Disney: The Castle, in Riyadh – a collaborative effort with Balich Wonder Studio and Disney Concerts.
“The Castle” is a musical experience that brings you closer than ever to the iconic music of Disney’s beloved animated worlds. At this magical family festival, celebrate music from Disney’s most popular animated films through captivating performances in immersive musical worlds and exhilarating concerts performed live on stage in front of the towering Disney Castle!
Tasked with providing fabric sails for a touring structure, our team seamlessly integrated with the client’s design, we provided essential engineering and detailed design assistance, leading to the precise patterning and fabrication of fabric membranes, complete with crucial cables and tensioners – in a tight 7-week timeline. Our site supervisors flew to Riyadh, ensuring a smooth on-site installation and briefing the client’s team on demounting procedures.
This success story was made possible through close collaboration with our partners, Balich Wonder Studio and Disney Concerts. Together, we transformed the venue of “The Lion King” into an immersive musical experience against the enchanting backdrop of the Disney Castle.
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Base Structures won the contract with ESS to design, manufacture and install the tensile fabric roof and wall panels to the Dining Hall pavilion (the largest of the three temporary structures on the site). All work had to be completed in time for the opening ceremony of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology which is situated in Saudi Arabia. The project consisted of the Gable panels to the end elevations, Truss Infills and twelve 86 meter long ground-to-ground PVC Roof Panels, each of which incorporated 13 meters of transparent PVC to one end.
An important consideration in the design of this structure was the intense daytime heat which can sometimes exceed 70°C. To ensure the integrity of the keder edge (which joins the fabric panels to the steel supporting structure), EPDM rubber keder cord was used in place of the traditional PVC cord as it has a much higher melting point. All of the fabric was installed in a four week period by our installation teams working in the 40°C relative cool of the Arabian night.
The result of this was a 13 meter high picture wall which ran the complete length of one side of the entire structure, displaying the spectacular view across the harbour at sunset to the King’s guests.