Phoenix Central Park
This multifaceted project, initiated by a passionate private patron, captures the vision of an integrated performance space, garden and art gallery.
The performance space and gallery are entered though and linked by a central garden. A collaborative project, each element is authored by a different hand – John Wardle Architects designed the gallery and Durbach Block Jaggers designed the performance space. The buildings and gardens are linked at many levels, above and below ground, allowing for an intense interlocking of performance, nature and art.
Within the gallery a minimal material palette of concrete and timber provides a setting that art works can engage with. Large flexible spaces are paired with small, intimate and idiosyncratic spaces.
- Traditional Custodians of the land Gadigal people of the Eora Nation
- Project Team John Wardle Architects (gallery) and Durbach Block Jaggers (performance space).
- Client Judith Neilson
- Location Sydney, Australia
- Procurement Private commission
- Project Duration 2014 – 2019
- Floor Levels 5
- Site Area 717 sqm
- Floor area 1185 sqm (entire project)
- Selected Awards
- NSW Architecture Medallion, AIA New South Wales 2020
- Harry Seidler Award for Commercial Architecture, AIA National Architecture Awards 2020
- Emil Sodersten Award for Interior Architecture, AIA National Architecture Awards 2020
- Sir Arthur G. Stephenson Award for Commercial Architecture, AIA New South Wales 2020
- John Verge Award for Interior Architecture, AIA New South Wales 2020
- Dezeen Cultural Building of the Year 2020
What is certain has been imagined. More importantly, ‘what is uncertain’ has also been allowed to emerge, and in this space alone, exists enormous architectural potential and the possibility for real design excellence.