The Meeting Place – part architectural sculpture, part social experiment – was a playful installation encouraging participation and interaction whilst heightening the experience of moving through the urban surrounds of Little Hunter Street Sydney.
The design concept created a space within the existing laneway form through the construction of two fabric walls, each four metres high. The material selected had an opacity which allow for obscured views through to the remaining unused parts of the laneways and to the existing building facades.
At night, the yellow fabric became a canvas for revealing movement of people within the space. The curved form of the structure created a point of tension toward the centre of the laneway, forcing pedestrians to negotiate their way through the busy thoroughfare by acknowledging and communicating with others moving in the opposite direction.
This social aspect, often lacking in the Sydney CBD, of observing, acknowledging, communicating and negotiating with people increased positive human contact with a sense of play.
City of Sydney Council
Design and construction
Little Hunter Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia
ASPECT Studios, Herbert & Mason, Derlot Studio
2010 AILA NSW Awards – Design
Photographers: Florian Groehn & Simon Wood