Crescent House

Crescent House

A device to heighten perception

‘Crescent House’ is the first in an annual series of temporary pavilions to be installed at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation. Two arcs are set within an apparently simple rectilinear form. The arcs bisect, creating a pair of infinitely sharp points and a threshold to the space beyond. This combination of fragility and robustness seeks to charge encounters in the space with a particular quality. The structure has an ambiguous presence; between architecture and art object. Through framing, it transforms an ordinary rose apple hedge into a landscape of beauty. The pavilion has been acquired and permanently installed at Heide Museum of Modern Art.

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Client: Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation
Supporters: BVN Donovan Hill, Andrew Cameron Family Foundation, Nelson Meers Foundation
Location: Sydney, Australia
Value: $100K
Status: Complete (1st prize invited competition)

Project team: Andrew Burns, Thomas Gray, Alan Powell
Structural engineer: ARUP
Contractor: Top Knot Carpentry
Photography: © Brett Boardman