The Waterfront Pavilion

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Prize(s)1st Place in Architecture Categories / Exhibits, Pavilions and exhibitions
Entry Description

Anchored to the South wharf of Sydney’s Darling Harbour, the Australian National Maritime Museum’s Waterfront Pavilion was built to mark the centenary of World War I and commemorate 100 years of service by the Royal Australian Navy.

The design seeks to bring the narratives of war to life and significantly enliven the visitors relationship with the vessels, waterfront and broader museum precinct.

The articulated facade of the pavilion compliments the scale, form, colour of the vessels and the broader marine environment.

The Waterfront Pavilion offers a dynamic, immersive experience and is an elegant, integrated addition to the harbour precinct.

The pavilion is further shaped by the primary forms of the adjacent vessels themselves, the conning tower of the submarine and the bridge of the destroyer creating central formal distortions. These distortions are then transformed into large glazed portals that frame lateral views onto the surrounding vessels.