The Waterfront Pavilion
The suspended tube ‘hovering’ over the wharf, creates space at the wharf level to move around and experience the edge where the vessels meet the water. The tube appears to ‘float’ in the air between the vessels floating in the water.This tube was then formally shaped and profiled in relation to the natural movement of visitors from the dockside up into the building, through the portals and gangways onto the vessels.
The pavilion is further shaped by the primary forms of the adjacent vessels themselves, the conning tower of the submarine and the bridge of the destroyer creating central formal distortions. These distortions are then transformed into large glazed portals that frame lateral views onto the vessels.
The interior of the pavilion reflects elements of the interior of the navel vessels; hardy, rough and adaptable. Sheet vinyl floors, insulated aluminium walls and industrial suspended fans. A lack of preciousness invites future change, adaptation and evolution for future curators and visitors.