Pyrmont Incinerator, 2020
Ceramic (White Grog Raku),
310 x 390 x 200 mm
Pyrmont Incinerator (detail), 2020
Ceramic (White Grog Raku), 390 x 270 x 180 mm
Location: Pyrmont, NSW
Designer: Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin
Architectural Style: Modernist
A modern cubist-inspired building with richly decorative detailed work based on Aztec motifs, the incinerator was constructed on a steep quarried site and designed for the burning of waste. Due to new forms of waste disposal, the incinerator was decommissioned in 1971.
The site stood vacant for twenty years, with the building slowly deteriorating. Despite being classified by the National Trust, the listing had no legal weight behind it, and there was no conservation order placed on it by the Heritage Council.
In 1985 the area was re-zoned from industrial to residential use and the building was demolished in 1992. The site is now occupied by apartments.