Stealth Pavilion | Plus Minus Design

Stealth Pavilion | Plus Minus Design | Photographer: Prue Ruscoe

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Stealth Pavilion | Plus Minus Design

Traditional Land Owners
Gadigal people of the Eora Nation

New South Wales

Small Project Architecture
Robert Plumb Build
Prue Ruscoe
Project summary

The Stealth Pavilion is situated in the garden of Caerleon, an important example of the Queen Anne style architecture. We have worked on its restoration and adaptation over a period of 12 years.

The current brief was to design a garden pavilion to house a home gymnasium that could be adapted to provide separate guest accommodation should needs change.

The design for a garden pavilion had numerous constraints as the house, garden, gate posts and five specific trees are all heritage-listed.

Our approach to limit impact on the heritage significance was to disguise the pavilion by locating its two wings within a grove of mature trees and by cladding it in bronze mirror to reflect the surrounding foliage.

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

The pavilion was commissioned pre-Covid to provide us with functional work out space, that could be transformed to equally purposeful home office and/or guest accommodation. Its purpose was elevated and tested as we entered two years of disruption. The space became a focal point for our extended family who sought refuge and alternate workout options to give them a place to train, meditate, and seek refuge and interruption from lockdown realities. Such was the design and construction outcome, that it not only provided a functional versatile space, but it calmed, inspired, and changed habits for all that used it.

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Stealth Pavilion | Plus Minus Design | Photographer: Prue Ruscoe

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