Day01. Gallery | Ian Moore Architects

Day01. Gallery | Ian Moore Architects | Photographer: Pim van Nunen

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Day01. Gallery | Ian Moore Architects

Traditional Land Owners
The Gadigal people of the Eora nation

New South Wales

Lord Mayors Prize (NSW)
Small Project Architecture
MIH Built Pty Ltd
Bryn Donkersloot
Pim van Nunen
Project summary

A 20 square metre former hair salon has been converted to an intimate gallery space on an exceptionally modest budget. With no budget to relocate existing plumbing on the rear wall and a bathroom door taking up valuable wall space, as well as a visible wedge of concrete from the stair to the apartment above, a simple strategy of concealment was adopted in the form of a full width pivoting wall across the rear of the space. Located 250mm off the rear wall, not only does it conceal the plumbing, concrete stair and bathroom door but it provides a shallow storage space for artworks or packaging as well as allowing additional hanging space for artwork on the rear of the wall. A single window to the street provided an opportunity to integrate a fold down desk that doubles as a window shutter.

New South Wales Architecture Awards Accolades
Award for Small Project Architecture
Shortlist – Small Project Architecture
New South Wales Jury Presentation

Ian Moore Architect’s visionary design transformed a small and undesirable room into a sophisticated art viewing experience. The hidden pivot wall has not only become iconic, offering immense intrigue, but also creates opportunity for two extra full width x height sized viewing walls with unique exhibiting and sightline possibilities. The fold-down desk that moonlights as a blind expands the clever illusion of space.

The architecturally bespoke 20sqm gallery enables optimal conditions for mini exhibitions, highly beneficial for enticing international artists to exhibit for the first time in Sydney and memorable for significant art collectors and curators to visit.

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Day01. Gallery | Ian Moore Architects | Photographer: Bryn Donkersloot

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