New South Wales
Cadeau was the 2022 iteration of the annual public art and architecture pavilion program provided by the Powerhouse Architecture Commission. Curious Practice developed the timber pavilion in collaboration with Arup engineers and Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH).
French for gift, Cadeau takes its name from a sculpture by the surrealist Man Ray. Both the sculpture and the commission emerged from a desire to re-contextualise objects and places: giving something new to each. The pavilion’s form, materiality and arrangement recalls an uncanny familiarity to structures and spaces known or forgotten, promising to uncover latent use and memory within the site and visitor.
After Cadeau’s display, the materials were donated to Newcastle-based community engagement initiative Out(fit) for recycled use in their construction projects which focus on spaces for women, children and underrepresented community groups.