A team project in which a completely recyclable pavilion was erected in the Customs House forecourt at Circular Quay for part of the Sydney Architecture Festival.
The pavilion, constructed of cardboard tubes held in plywood frames, was first assembled at the Tramsheds on UNSW’s Randwick campus before being broken down and transported into the city for a one-day reassembly for the festival.
The pavilion was designed as a talking point, to bring attention to issues of sustainability, whilst creating an interesting architectural element as part of the annual architectural festival.
This 12 month research project undertaken at the University of New South Wales sought to identify the shortcomings of contemporary 'faux-sustainable' architecture. By conceptualising this high density project as an integral part of the eco-system in which it was located, opportunities were sought out to integrate the built environment with the natural environment.
Where typically the built environment is seen as a commodity that depletes the natural environment, the response is typically to strive to simply do 'less bad'. However this project was approached with the goal of providing the natural environment with something more than it could achieve without the built form. By increasing the footprint of each tower as it got higher, this not only freed up the ground plane for vegetation and water retention but also provided large roof areas for additional landscaping treatment. The result was a larger area of vegetation than would be available if the site were to remain undeveloped.
The second stage of the design investigated available technologies to further connect the architecture with the landscape such as anaerobic digestion, grey and black water treatment systems, recyclable plastic technologies and the stack effect for building ventilation.
Gymea Bay House
A small extension at the rear of an existing house to provide the family with a more generous living area, outdoor alfresco was designed to better capture natural light and views across the valley. The new structure was designed with a skillion roof to minimise the amount of work required to connect the new work with the existing building.