Green Ladder is the latest art installation to be launched in Barangaroo. The peaceful green space created by award-winning Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia is meant as a place of reflection. And it exemplifies excellence in sustainable architecture.
Nghia was the 2014 Vietnamese Architect of the year, has won seven World Architecture Festival awards (including first place for his most famous piece, The House for Trees) and has showcased work at the Milan Expo (2015).
For this piece he has used architectural practices common in Vietnam; he's incorporated low-cost and low-impact natural materials such as bamboo - "the steel of the 21st century" - as a way to "green" dense urban areas.
On display until May the part building, part sculpture part installation is Nghia's first Australian exhibition and the first piece created as part of a collaboration between the Barangaroo Delivery Authority and the not-for-profit Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI).
Founder and executive director of SCCI Dr Gene Sherman says: "[Nghia] pushes the limits of a strong, lightweight and highly sustainable traditional building material. He aims to increase biodiversity and to reconnect city dwellers with the natural environment."
This is the first piece presented in the three-year Barangaroo Structures annual architectural pavilion program. Following Green Ladder is temporary pavilion project in Barangaroo Reserve. The commissioned architect will be announced in October 2018.