Wayside Sirius is located in Sydney’s the Rocks. It inhabits part of the former social housing complex named the Sirius Building. The project asks, what type of city do we want to live in? A city for people, not profit. Wayside Sirius is a branch of the Wayside Chapel located in Kings Cross. It is non-denominational and prides itself on being a place for all, especially those living on the margins of society. Wayside Sirius, inhabits the central tower. It compiles various facilities, including a roof-top garden and public kitchen, emergency accommodation, office, canteen, public bathrooms and a chapel space: a new public room for the city.
The most striking feature of the project is the insertion a large elliptical bronze light well on the eastern facade which floods the newly formed chapel space in a golden light. It is open to the elements, and any rain that may come in, drips down onto a terrazzo and bronze inlay cast into the concrete floor. The language of bronze, terracotta and timber indicate the insertions and excisions of Wayside Sirius, which contrast with the existing rough concrete. Wayside Sirius recognises that everyone has the right to beautiful spaces.