Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp’s Waterfront Pavilion is anchored at a wharf in Sydney’s Darling Harbour. The pavilion is part of the Australian National Maritime Museum and was built to commemorate the centennial of the First World War and of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). At “Action Stations” visitors can enjoy a dynamic, participatory experience of the history of the RAN and its members.
The former destroyer HMAS Vampire, the submarine HMAS Onslow and the patrol boat HMAS Advance are anchored by the pavilion. Built on a limited budget, the construction extends along the narrow wharf to become a place for strolling between the former destroyer HMAS Vampire and the submarine HMAS Onslow. The presence of the military craft determines the shape of the pavilion, with a fluid motion that seems to rise up by the submarine turret to reveal the glassed-in entrance . Inside, it is designed to look like an industrial shed, with ordinary finishes and coverings, inviting event curators to transform the spaces to suit the needs of the moment.
Inaugurated in November 2015, the building has won a number of awards, most recently the World Architecture Festival Award 2016 in the Display category. The WAF judges particularly appreciated how architect Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp has managed to design a unique, poetic building through interpretation of traditional elements of naval architecture and shed construction.
Design: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
Location: Sydney, Australia
Images courtesy of WAF, photo by Brett Boardman Photography