“Crescent House” is designed by local architect Andrew Burns. It celebrates the elements of light, darkness and fire. It’s a simple rectangular box, clad in torched timber and painstakingly detailed with paper thin roof and wall terminations. It’s set hard up against a rose apple hedge within the Zen Gardens of the grounds. Punctured cladding at the entry produces patterns of daylight within, like dancing confetti decorating its interior. As occupants negotiate the gentle sweep of the elliptical walls within the structure, the hedge becomes the ceremonial arrival point. The structure mediates the experience of the hedge, elevating its presence into something of an artwork.
This seductive temporary structure is the first of a series of annual temporary installations hosted by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation in Sydney. It is part of their “Fugitive Structures” program, loosely based on the Serpentine Pavilions of Kensington Gardens in London.
If you’re in the ‘hood’, you have until the 14th September 2013 to immerse yourself in the magic of this dark beauty. Okay Jetstar, hit me up with some cheap Sydney flights.
[Photography by Brett Boardman. Images courtesy of Andrew Burns.]