Union Hotel Parasite Roof

1998

Union Hotel North Sydney

The parasite forms a room and a balcony area over the restaurant extension below. As a form it bites into the 30s structure of the Union Hotel and clings to the ground inside the courtyard. Growing from this position it surges toward the north, splintering the light with glass, shade cloth panels and zincalume clad wings. These materials combine the flesh like fragility of cloth with the idea of exoskeleton in the shells and steel. The “parasite” is working on a public / private building to further open it to the public space. Viewed from the street it appears to turn the building inside-out revealing social information to public realm.

 

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