The brief required balancing the pragmatic needs of the Gatehouse; 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 Gatehouse at the Sydney Opera House was a collaboration with 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.
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. The Gatehouse ensures the Sydney Opera House can continue to provide vital vehicle access and maintain public safety in the world’s busiest performing arts precinct.
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.