Barangaroo (formerly East Darling Harbour)

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International Design Competition
Winning Proposal

The East Darling Harbour site requires a far-sighted urban project – one that resolves the western edge of the city centre.

The history of the site is marked by substantial and decisive interventions – streets created by cutting through the bedrock, connections made by clear-spanning bridges and overpasses, the manipulation of the edge by the protrusion of finger wharves and the subsequent formalization of a new edge by reclamation and infill. Each generation has reconfigured this place in a bold and forceful manner.

The contemporary intervention should add its own potent and compelling layer to this place. This cannot be achieved by the mere inflation of architecture, by a singular design vision, nor by the re-creation of lost historic elements – it requires a comprehensive understanding and respect for the evolving traditions of the city itself.

The proposal interprets the site as a series of urban projects that reunite the city with its harbour, including a collection of strategic urban linkages and the creation of a new finely calibrated and highly adaptable urban grain.

The meeting of the city with its harbour is celebrated in a new urban park that runs the 1km length of the foreshore, retaining the powerful horizontal scale of its former industrial uses, while interspersing a collection of elevated gardens, playing fields, water bodies, interpretive art projects and urban gathering spaces along its length. The proposal enshrines the western foreshore as an inalienable public place belonging to the citizens of Sydney.

The project acknowledges the dialectical relationship between architecture, landscape and the city. The project defines a clear framework, open to enrichment by the hands of many architects and landscape architects into the future.

Philip Thalis, Laura Harding, Alex Koll, Melika Aljukic, Michael Zanardo, Michael Simons, Sheila Tawalo, Angelo Korsanos, Claire Grigg, Janine Keating

Paul Berkemeier Architects
Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture

Durbach Block Architects, Tony Caro Architecture, Collins +Turner Architects, Jennifer Turpin, Artist

Hill PDA, Ecological Engineering, GHD, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Garry Glazebrook, Taylor Thomson and Whitting

© Hill Thalis Architects,Paul Berkemeier Architects, JILA, 2005.

© Michael Nicholson Photography, 2006
Graphic design of panels + report by Deuce Design

Modelcraft Sydney (Physical model)
House of Laudanum (Digital)

Associated files

EDH Report.pdf [4.28units_m] East Darling Harbour Competition Report - Outlining the diverse public domain initiatives included in the original competition scheme

Panel 1.pdf [4.25units_m] Competition Panel 1 - Integrating with the city

Panel 2.pdf [5.98units_m] Competition Panel 2 - Plan and strategic initiatives

Panel 3.pdf [1.16units_m] Competition Panel 3 - A suite of public domain initiatives

Panel 4.pdf [543.42units_k] Competition Panel 4 - Cross sections. Scale relationships and connection to the city.

Panel 5.pdf [1.21units_m] Competition Panel 5 - Commercial buildings - architectural investigations.

Panel 6.pdf [1.09units_m] Competition Panel 6 - perspective images of the public realm.

Barangaroo (formerly East Darling Harbour)