A professional resource for the design curious

Join the global
design collective

Available in print
and online.

SUBSCRIBE
Indesign Magazine
Indesign Magazine

Object Gallery’s New Darlinghurst Home

The new space expands the gallery’s scope of activity, and brings a welcome note of creativity and sophistication to William Street.



BY Lorenzo Logi

July 1st, 2015


Busy William Street in Sydney, linking the CBD and the gritty nightclub district of Kings Cross, has always tended to be associated with two things: car showrooms and streetwalkers. Despite its prime location it’s never been of the city’s more salubrious of thoroughfares, in other words and successive governments have paid lip service to the idea of getting the urban planners in to re-imagine it into the smart boulevard it could possibly be – but somehow it’s never happened.

AUSTRALIANDESIGNCENTRE 6408

But now, thanks to the transformation of a former retail car showroom into a new home for The Australian Design Centre, and its Object gallery, the Darlinghurst street has a playful and sophisticated new design venue and hub to help lift the precinct’s appeal.

AUSTRALIANDESIGNCENTRE 6114

Flexibility was key to the new three-room space designed by Sydney-based Those Architects on a very tight budget.

Director of the centre, Steve Pozel says that the new 520sqm facility – which has relocated from its previous site in nearby Surry Hills – needed to be able to host “a cutting edge design conference one day, and the next, house a group of 40 – 50 children for a workshop.”

AUSTRALIANDESIGNCENTRE 6283

Central to the interior is a plywood “terrace” – which can be used for display or as a seating platform – and which cleverly unifies and links the gallery spaces on two different levels. Facing William Street are the gallery spaces, with the offices at the rear of the building.

AUSTRALIANDESIGNCENTRE 0001

Project architects Ben Mitchell and Simon Addinall have created a supple space with “open, transparent volumes that could be opened up and closed down to serve a range of public uses – gallery, front of house, meeting, presentations and conference spaces,” explains Mitchell. The more private office and studio area housing the Australian Design Centre meanwhile faces the quieter Barnett Lane.

Photography: Brett Boardman
brettboardman.com

Object Gallery
object.com.au

Those Architects
thosearchitects.com.au


INDESIGN is on instagram

Follow @indesignlive

THE INDESIGN COLLECTION

A searchable and comprehensive guide for specifying leading products and their suppliers

While you were sleeping

The internet never sleeps! Here's the stuff you might have missed