A striking new awning complementing the modernist exterior of Town Hall House on Druitt St will provide an eye-catching artwork that doubles as a shelter for pedestrians.

Council has approved a tender for the construction of the shelter, which will be built offsite and installed after hours and on weekends to minimise disruption.

Designed by Sydney artist, architect and UNSW College of Fine Arts Professor Richard Goodwin, the bronzed metal and glass shelter will incorporate the existing trees on Druitt St and will be installed early next year. 

The shelter will be suspended from the side of Town Hall House and will be column-free, so pedestrian movement is uninterrupted. 

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the shelter would be a practical addition to Town Hall House, embodying the City’s support for excellent design in public spaces. 

“Druitt St is one of the busiest thoroughfares in the City Centre, with thousands of people using it to access Town Hall train station, Darling Harbour, the Queen Victoria Building and George St,” the Lord Mayor said. 

“Professor Goodwin’s work will make that journey a more pleasant experience and we’re delighted to have someone of his calibre involved in this project.” 

The design for the new awning was endorsed by the City’s Design Advisory Panel and the original architect of Town Hall House, Ken Woolley. 

With more than 30 years of practice as an internationally exhibiting artist and architect, Professor Goodwin’s major area of interest is adaptive re-use and radical transformations. 

“My ‘stealth wing’ awning brings amenity and shelter to the complex corner between Druitt and Kent streets, forming a unique juxtaposition that will hopefully bring poetry to function,” Professor Goodwin said. 

“Crafted from stainless steel with a bronze patinated finish, the awning will join the original building designer Ken Woolley’s language of bronze detail on a larger scale.”