Andrew Burns Crescent House in Sydney | Yellowtrace.

Crescent House by Andrew Burns, Sydney | Yellowtrace.

Andrew Burns Crescent House in Sydney | Yellowtrace.

Andrew Burns Crescent House in Sydney | Yellowtrace.

 

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.

 

Andrew Burns Crescent House in Sydney | Yellowtrace.

Andrew Burns Crescent House in Sydney | Yellowtrace.

 

“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.

 

Andrew Burns Crescent House in Sydney | Yellowtrace.

Andrew Burns Crescent House in Sydney | Yellowtrace.

Andrew Burns Crescent House in Sydney | Yellowtrace.

Andrew Burns Crescent House in Sydney | Yellowtrace.

 

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.

-Ella.

 

Floor plan of Andrew Burns Crescent House in Sydney | Yellowtrace.


[Photography by Brett Boardman. Images courtesy of Andrew Burns.]

 

About The Author

Ella Leoncio
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Ella is a design obsessed architect from Melbourne and author of the blog 'pages from my moleskine'. She specializes in residential architecture and currently works in a senior design role with an equal focus on architecture and interiors. Things that really float Ella’s boat include; designs that frame an experience, innovative material explorations, textures and light, clarity and simplicity. She is addicted to learning through making and doing. Her free time is spent sewing, knitting, knotting, folding, moulding, shaping, dyeing... Contemporary dance is another great life passion of hers. In fact, Ella is convinced that dance and architecture are two dialects of the same language.

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