Frost* Design

Frost* Design (Sydney) is the winner in Small Project Architecture in the New South Wales Architecture Awards 2012, held by the Australian Institute of Architects. Frost was the lead consultant in the creation of an information kiosk in an existing pagoda in Sydney's Chinatown. The sliding semi-circle of glass screens open to reveal a hot red interior that houses a wall of shelving for brochures, pamphlets, and tourist information by day; at night, the kiosk transforms into a glowing lantern to delight and revitalize the Goulburn Street end of the Dixon Street mall.

Pamela Mei-Leng See, an artist specializing in paper-cut works, was engaged to create a design for the curved walls that encase the kiosk. The paper cuts represent the residual chrysanthemum flowers in a ceramic vessel after the tea has been steeped and poured. In addition to the symbolism of making a tea reading for good fortune, the ceramic pattern underneath the flowers is intended to bring prosperity (fish) and longevity (stork). The paper-cuts were scaled and translated onto the glazed walls. At night, the pattern is backlit by 4,000 hand-placed LED lights.

Related Links: