Galaxy of stars in a Zen garden: The Crescent house by Andrew Burns Architects.
The Crescent House occupies a position verging on art. It also act as a mediator suggesting to others, ordinary things that might merit aesthetic consideration. It frames a hedge, transforms sunlight into a galaxy of stars, and calms the tumult of an outside world.
The Crescent House, designed by Australia’s Andrew Burns, is the first project of the Fugitive Structures program. The initiative aims to hold invited competitions for emerging and mid career architects to design a small scale temporary pavilion for SCAF’s Zen garden.
Inspired perhaps, by the annual Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, the Fugitive Structures programme has the capacity to discover new or unacknowledged talent, rather than just trumpeting architects who have already achieved global fame.Presented in collaboration with BVN Donovan Hill, the Fugitive Structures concept references London’s Serpentine Gallery’s highly successful Architectural Pavilion series in Kensington Gardens.
Andrew Burns is principal of Andrew Burns Architect, the practice he founded in Sydney in 2008. In 2011 he won the international design competition for Australia House, a gallery and atelier that forms part of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale in Japan, selected by a jury chaired by Tadao Ando from a field of 154 entries. Andrew is currently Co-director of the Super Sydney Project and member of the Sydney Architecture Festival Committee.
‘The pavilion has an ambiguous presence, between architecture and art object. Through framing, it transforms an ordinary rose apple hedge into a landscape of beauty. 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.’ Andrew Burns (2013)