Barangaroo Reserve

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Location: Australia / Sydney / Type: Parks / Waterfronts / Built: 2015 /
Show on Google Maps / Published on July 15, 2016

PWP Landscape Architecture: Named for an influential Aboriginal woman of colonial Sydney, Barangaroo is a globally-significant, 22-hectare waterfront renewal project that redefines the western edge of Sydney Harbor. In August 2015, Barangaroo Reserve was the first phase in the 3-district master plan to open. Barangaroo Reserve is the re-creation of a “Club Cape” headland that restores the visual geography of Sydney Harbor. Using industry-first technology, a concrete container port was reborn as a naturalistic park with more than 75,000 plantings native to the Sydney region. Guided by historical maps and paintings, the design of the headland includes a foreshore of 10,000 sandstone blocks excavated directly from the site.

© Barangaroo Delivery Authority

Walking and bicycle pathways separated by a low wall known as the “1836 Wall,” symbolically mark the original precolonial shoreline. Selected as Clinton Global Initiative and One Planet Living projects, Barangaroo Reserve kept the highest ecological goals always in sight. All existing materials were reused onsite and recycled to form the headland, including the caissons and asphalt from the container port. Hidden beneath the artificial headland, the Cutaway is a massive void formed through sandstone excavation operations to host art exhibits, performances, or a future Aboriginal Cultural Center. Barangaroo Reserve transforms a huge expanse of empty concrete into humane, usable space, marking the transformation of an industrial site into a modern reinvention of its more sustainable past.



Lead Designer: PWP Landscape Architecture in association with Johnson Pilton Walker
General Contractor: Lend Lease (formerly Baulderstone Pty Ltd), Sydney, Australia
Quarry Operation and Chief Stone Mason: Troy Stratti
Horticulturalist: Stuart Pittendrigh

Additional Project Team Members:
Project Management: Advisian Pty Ltd
Architect: WMK
Soils Engineer: Simon Leake, SESL Australia
Construction Observation: Tract Landscape Architects
Civil and Structural Engineers: Robert Bird Group and Aurecon
Hydraulic Engineer: Warren Smith and Partners
Construction Management: Evans and Peck
Marine Engineer: Hyder Consulting
Geotechnical Engineer: Douglas Partners
Traffic Engineer: Halcrow
Lighting Engineer: Webb Australia Group
Wayfinding and Signage: Emery Studio
Historic Interpretation: Judith Rintoul
History and Arts: Peter Emmett
Landscape Contractor: Regal Inovations
Plant Procurement Nursery: Andreasens Green

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