International Design Competition
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.
IN ASSOCIATION WITH
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.
PHOTOGRAPHS + GRAPHIC DESIGN
© Michael Nicholson Photography, 2006
Graphic design of panels + report by Deuce Design
Modelcraft Sydney (Physical model)
House of Laudanum (Digital)
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.