The brief required balancing the pragmatic needs of visual surveillance and security; with the sensitivity of being located in front of the World Heritage listed Sydney Opera House and adjoining the heritage listed Tarpeian Wall. As the core design challenge was determining what kind of roof to put in front of Sydney’s most identifiable roof form, the design intent was to remain unobtrusive.
The Gate House at the Sydney Opera House was a collaboration between Scott Carver and Jan Utzon and is an integral component of the Vehicle Access and Pedestrian Safety Project that created a new delivery dock beneath the forecourt. With surveillance a priority, the guards have almost 360 degrees of visibility.
The response is an elegant, floating roof that uses high-tech boat-building technology to achieve a uniform and seamless plane. The Gate House ensures the Sydney Opera House can continue to provide the vital vehicle access, security and public safety in the world’s busiest performing arts centre.
Meters Squared GBA
Using the language of the forecourt and monumentality of the Opera House podium, the design integrated key materiality such as precast panels and bronze work, ensuring the Gate House reflected its context.