This pavilion for the courtyard of the IVY on George St in central Sydney was commissioned as a new, central undercover area to become the best seats in the house for watching Pacha performances on Saturday evenings.
The intervention is conceived as a device “to see and to be seen”. Wrapping around the existing staircase with a set of thin structural ribs and a transparent roof, it maintains crossed sight lines through it and becomes visible from all sides and from above.
It also allows programmatic transformation, becoming at other times a permanent stage for the venue.
The structure was prefabricated in the factory and installed on site over two days. The construction is reversible: completely freestanding, it doesn’t require any attachments to the existing building.