Crescent House
by Andrew Burns

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Australian architect Andrew Burns has installed a charred timber pavilion with deceptively curved walls in the garden of the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation in Paddington, Sydney (+ slideshow).

Crescent House by Andrew Burns

Named Crescent House, the structure was designed by Andrew Burns with a symmetrical geometry that comprises two intersecting arcs within a rectangular frame.

Crescent House by Andrew Burns

Visitors are invited to follow the curve of the walls to a secluded space at the pavilion's centre, where light filters through tiny perforations to create a wall resembling the night sky.

Crescent House by Andrew Burns

The charred cedar cladding references the frequently occurring bush fires of the region. Meanwhile, the rectangular structure at the back frames a view of the hedge beyond.

Crescent House by Andrew Burns

"The pavilion has an ambiguous presence, between architecture and art object," says Burns. "The structure responds to elemental themes: darkness and light, the wonder of the night sky, the arc of the sun and the presence of bushfire on this continent."

Crescent House by Andrew Burns

Crescent House is the inaugural project in the Fugitive Structures programme, a series of temporary pavilions that will be installed annually in the Zen Garden of the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF).

Crescent House by Andrew Burns

Citing the Serpentine Gallery pavilions in London as an inspiration, the SCAF plans to invite emerging and mid-career architects to design the new pavilions, one of which will be constructed each year, for the next four years.

Crescent House by Andrew Burns

Andrew Burns also recently completed a pointy gallery and studio for artists in Japan.

Crescent House by Andrew Burns

See more architecture that features blackened wood, including a rural residence outside Melbourne and a temporary tower installed in Norway.

Crescent House by Andrew Burns

Photography is by Brett Boardman.

Crescent House by Andrew Burns

Here's some more information from Andrew Burns:


'Crescent House' is the first in an annual series of temporary pavilions to be installed at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation in Paddington, Sydney. The aim of this 'Fugitive Structures' program is to engage a wide audience with architectural thought.

Crescent House by Andrew Burns

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 the conversations within the space with a particular quality.

Crescent House by Andrew Burns

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.

Crescent House by Andrew Burns

The pavilion responds to elemental themes; darkness and light, the wonder offered by the night sky and the burnt quality of yaki-sugi (charred cedar) recalling the presence of bushfires on this continent.

Crescent House by Andrew Burns

The pavilion and has been initiated and supported by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, BVN Donovan Hill, Andrew Cameron Family Foundation and the Nelson Meers Foundation.

Crescent House by Andrew Burns
Site plan - click for larger image

Crescent House by Andrew Burns
Floor plan

Crescent House by Andrew Burns
South elevation - click for larger image

Crescent House by Andrew Burns
East elevation - click for larger image

Crescent House by Andrew Burns
North elevation - click for larger image

Crescent House by Andrew Burns
West elevation - click for larger image

Crescent House by Andrew Burns
Detail section - click for larger image
  • http://www.zazous.co.uk Kate Austin

    I love the building but I’m not sure about the private space it leads too. It just looks like it backs onto a hedge. It would be nice if they could create something special that it leads to.

    • Sam

      I thought the same thing, if this led to a little courtyard or garden it would work really well. As it is, it’s a lovely pavilion in an odd location.

  • http://fabriciomora.tumblr.com/ fabricio

    Looks similar to Zumthor. It’s beautiful