A sculptural pavilion that features interchanging rail tracks has been constructed in South Eveleigh, Sydney, paying tribute to the diverse stories of people connected to the Eveleigh rail yards.
The 350-square-metre pavilion combines 15 tonnes of robotically-moulded glass reinforced concrete in its construction, together with 1400 pieces of router cut hardwood and 250 metres of stainless-steel ground rails. The unique material palette is supported by a 14-tonne structure made up of 1650 pieces of digitally fabricated aluminium.
Drawing from the precinct’s rail history, artist Chris Fox based the design of the Interchange Pavilion on the main geometries of the railroad switch, the point at which a train can change its course, moving from one trajectory to another. The sculptural installation offers a point of confluence, as its geometries peel from the ground plane and arc overhead to create an embracing volume.
“The pavilion is a meeting place where tracks converge, a place of interchange where paths cross,” says the Studio Chris Fox. Fox and his team designed, modelled and managed each component of the project with a computational workflow.
The pavilion opened on 25 August 2020 at South Eveleigh, Sydney.
Via designboom | Images by Josh Raymond