设计单位 John Wardle Architects、Durbach Block Jaggers Architects
Phoenix Central Park is a gallery and performance space located in Chippendale, in inner-city Sydney. The vision of remarkable arts philanthropist Judith Neilson, the building is a partnership of architecture and artistic fields.
项目旨在实现空间的协同使用，由两家设计单位共同设计：John Wardle architects设计东翼的画廊，Durbach Block Jaggers设计西翼的表演空间，不同体量通过庭院和花园连接。
The intention is to have the spaces working together, to have visual arts interwoven with the performing arts. Two architects bring the design together: John Wardle Architects designed the gallery in the east wing and Durbach Block Jaggers designed the performance space. The components are linked centrally by a courtyard and garden.
Neither house museum nor public gallery, this sequence of spaces choregraphs a journey from intimate rooms for the display of single works to expansive areas to showcase collections. Cast with walls of concrete painstakingly made on site, it comprises a complex stack of differing volumes interconnected by stairs and bridges. Each volume acts as an individual setting for art but also retains an awareness of the overall ensemble.
Unexpected views, natural light drawn from above, and stairs of material inventiveness attract the curious. A field of skylights set across a low wide space provide dramatic release from the darker atmosphere of its lower realm. Angular and sharp, they reflect and filtering the light into a soft, ‘fuzzy’ glow.
Two prominent moments in the gallery, of containment and release, are set around circular windows, oculi that are the focus of internal spaces. At the opposite reaches of the gallery, below the garden is a small cave-like chamber with a single ocular skylight to the world above. It is an intimate space for quiet contemplation of a work whilst maintaining a tenuous link to the fluctuations of the day above.
The brick surface facing the street has been pressed inward to create a circular dimple at the centre of which is a large oculus window, and a smaller offset companion window. Internally, the dimpled wall concentrates attention on this figured opening to the world beyond the gallery.
The performance space is a singular bell-shaped clearing, made by stepped and contoured timber ribs, embedded in a fabric of lobbies and circulation. Like an Elizabethan theatre, the action is in the round, seen from many vantage points. A projecting balcony loops into the volume, creating an alternate stage or viewing box. The circulation is direct or via a gracious set of stepped landings, scaled for arresting movement and inviting overview.
The over-scaled gold window allows glimpses and light from the street in an otherwise dark space. The theatre is lined with timber fabricated from digital templates in the factory and assembled on site.
Above, a meeting space for artists and its companion garden courtyard are modelled in brightness and whiteness, capturing unexpected planting, local vignettes and sky views.
Through this exterior surface the idiosyncrasies of each interior emerge and erupt in windows, doorways and portals. A defining element exists in the dialogue between gallery and theatre, inside and outside – an exploration in how a building can be two things at once, both/and as it were. They are bound together by a continuous external skin of brickwork that encloses everything – a skin that was designed by both architects working together, iteratively, with conversation and debate, both rigorous and polite, with irreverence, humour and respect.
Project Name: Phoenix Central Park
Completion date: December 2019
Attribution: Phoenix Central Park by Durbach Block Jaggers Architects/ John Wardle ArchitectsDurbach Block Jaggers Architects [Performance Space]John Wardle Architects [Gallery]
Gallery: John Wardle Architects – John Wardle, Stefan Mee, Diego Bekinschtein, Alex Peck, Luca Vezzosi, Adrian Bonaventura, David Ha, Ellen Chen, Andy Wong, Manuel Canestrini, Meron Tierney
Performance Space: Durbach Block Jaggers Architects – Neil Durbach Camilla Block, David Jaggers, Simon Stead, Anne Kristin Risnes, Deb Hodge, Xiaoxiao Cai, Adam Hoh
Location: Chippendale, Sydney Australia
Project size: 717sqm site area; 1185sqm GFA; 6 levels – three above and three basement levels
Typology: Public / Commercial
Project Manager: Aver 2015-2017; Colliers 2017-2019
Structural Engineer: TTW
Civil Engineer: TTW
Geotechnical Engineer: Pells Sullivan Meylink
Building Services Engineer: Evolved Engineering
Traffic and Pedestrian Modelling: GTA Consultants
Fire Engineer: Affinity Fire
Acoustic Consultant: Marshall Day
Landscape Architect: 360º
Signage and Wayfinding: Studio Ongarato
Building Surveyor: Philip Chun & Associates
Accessibility Consultant: Philip Chun & Associates
Façade Engineers: Inhabit
Lighting design: Bluebottle
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