Smart Design Studio - Sydney Architects

Hyde Park Cafe

Smart Design Studio recently participated in the Hyde Park Café competition for the City of Sydney as part of an upgrade to the existing Museum Station building/café in the south western corner of the historic park. Our response was a sympathetic continuation of the existing park, embedding the new café under the south western lawn and providing significant upgrade to what is considered to be one of the least safe and least enjoyable regions of the park. Our team drew upon extensive research of the park done by Philip Thalis in his book ‘Public Sydney’, as well as resources on the history of the site to drive the form of the work. Driven by a tight budget, the predominant concrete build is enriched by a plane of pink tiles that parallel those used through the park. The result is a work that respectfully engages the existing Museum Station building, protects occupants from the bustle of two of Sydney’s busiest streets, and creates a sunlit performance space and eating area.


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