Opera House Visitor Centre

A pebble form, located within the Opera House forecourt in the lee of the Bennelong Apartments. Present and welcoming, yet unobtrusive and discrete.

Project team:
Andrew Burns, Kate Fife, Casey Bryant

Architecture AND were invited to prepare design studies for a new visitor centre in the Opera House forecourt. Designed with consideration of the Utzon Principles, the pavilion comprised a soft form with complex curvature recalling the geometry of the shells.

Site plan and detail plan.

View from west.

Complex curvature is common to the existing building and proposed entry pavilion.

View from Macquarie Street approach.

The curvilinear exterior is contrasted by a rectilinear interior, expressed as a series of volumes held under the slender roof. The rectilinear geometry provides optimal configuration for display, serving as an open-air exhibition space with direct outlook to Utzon's masterpiece.

A rectilinear interior is held within the curvilinear external form.