Unveiled in 1976, Sydney’s modernist Theatre Royal has become a truly iconic piece of architecture. Designed by acclaimed architect Harry Seidler, the distinctively avant-garde theatre trumps what is usually expected of traditional theatre spaces.

Paying homage and respect to Seidler’s work, the recent refurbishment was part of the Martin Place redevelopment and a combined effort by Seidler Architects and Woods Bagot. The grand foyer welcomes its guests with sweeping ceilings featuring ornate moulds by renowned Italian concrete engineer Pier Luigi Nervi. The centrepiece titled ‘Mercator’ is an equally impressive bronze sculpture, commissioned by Seidler and designed by American Charles Perry. Together, these elements formed a uniquely bold yet understated interior for lighting designers Arup to enliven. Using an abundance of ERCO luminaires, the foyer is transformed and brought to life, inviting patrons and onlookers to celebrate the theatre’s contemporary interpretation.

Photography by Jackie Chan.