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Barangaroo Harbour Park, Sydney

16 December 2022

Location: Barangaroo, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Design: Infrastructure NSW

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images courtesy of Infrastructure NSW

Barangaroo Harbour Park, Sydney, NSW

Rare opportunity to design Sydney’s next great public space, a new park on the city’s famous harbour

Plans for Sydney’s next great public space are underway, opening a rare opportunity for design teams to answer the call to design a 1.85-hectare Harbour Park that will sit at the heart of Barangaroo, right on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour.

Infrastructure NSW as the NSW Government agency responsible for the development of the Barangaroo precinct are now calling for registrations of interest to enter the design competition for the new Harbour Park.

Catherine Mosbach:
Catherine Mosbach

Head of Projects at Infrastructure NSW, Tom Gellibrand said in the last decade Barangaroo has been transformed into a thriving precinct for locals and tourists with the new park set to be the next significant piece of that transformation.

“As part of the competition, we’re looking for ideas that embrace Barangaroo’s commitment to design excellence and sustainability while still ensuring the park celebrates the natural history and living culture of the site,” Mr Gellibrand said.

Oi Choong:
Oi Choong

The competition jury will be chaired by former Australian Prime Minister, the Hon. Paul Keating, who has been involved in the planning and delivery of the Barangaroo Precinct from its inception. The jury also comprises leading figures from the local and international design community including Australian landscape architect and urban designer Oi Choong.

Ms Choong who has led major landscape and public realm projects in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and the UAE said this latest design opportunity at Barangaroo is one of the most exciting for our generation of landscape architects and urban designers.

“Essentially, you have a blank canvas for greening the heart of Barangaroo, adding to the necklace of parklands and icons that define our world-famous harbour,” Ms Choong said.

Ivan Harbour architect, RSHP, London:
Ivan Harbour
photo © Sarah Lee

“What a gift, to lead the design of this significant public space at Sydney’s latest landmark waterfront destination – it is a project that will be a grand contribution to Sydney, following on the success of Barangaroo Reserve.”

The competition is open to design teams that may include international and interdisciplinary talent within the Australia-led design team. Competitors will first be shortlisted based on their credentials and general approach, before embarking on a design concept that completes the vision for Barangaroo’s open public spaces and continues the precinct’s commitment to honouring the role of First Nations people and the history of the site.

“We’ll be seeking innovative ideas for a flexible and active space, that will add to the art and cultural offerings already in Barangaroo, creating a timeless, welcoming, and connected space,” Ms Choong said.

Barangaroo Harbour Park, Sydney public space

The jury will be bolstered by local Australian talent with the expertise of Jefa Greenaway, the founding Director of Greenaway Architects who has championed Indigenous led design thinking for 30 years. Greenaway, is co-founder of the not-for-profit Indigenous Architecture + Design Australia (IADA), and co-author of the International Indigenous Design Charter.

Other members of the competition jury include; architect and founding partner at London-based practice RSHP, Ivan Harbour, along with landscape architect and the founder of Paris-based design firm mosbach paysagiste, Catherine Mosbach.

Registrations of interest into the Harbour Park design competition are now open with designers able to lodge their interest here.
Formal expressions of interest will open from 17 January 2023, with shortlisted parties announced in March 2023.

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Barangaroo Precinct, Sydney, New South Wales

Barangaroo encompasses three unique and interconnected precincts: Barangaroo South, Central Barangaroo and Barangaroo Reserve. It offers access from the Barangaroo Ferry Wharf, with a Barangaroo Sydney Metro station opening in 2024.

Barangaroo is an award-winning urban redevelopment, incorporating exceptional infrastructure, design and architecture befitting to its prime waterfront location. A dynamic residential, retail, cultural and financial hub, the Barangaroo precinct offers extraordinary public spaces for everyone to enjoy.

The transformation of Barangaroo has been led by the NSW Government in partnership with world-leading developers, architects and creators, with the new Harbour Park part of a commitment to make more than 50 per cent of Barangaroo public open space.

Barangaroo is already a world-class example of sustainability and climate positive design and as a precinct has set a new standard in urban renewal within Australia.

Jefa Greenaway:
Jefa Greenaway

Aboriginal Culture at Barangaroo:
People have been an integral part of the Barangaroo landscape for thousands of years. The Traditional Custodians, the Gadigal, used the land for hunting, the harbour for fishing and the foreshore as a place of congregation.

Barangaroo is named after a powerful Cammeraygal woman who lived in the area at the time of early colonial settlement. She was a key figure in local Aboriginal culture and community. Today, Aboriginal contemporary culture is celebrated at Barangaroo through artworks, events and commemorations.

Barangaroo Harbour Park, Sydney public space, New South Wales information / images received December 2022

Location: Barangaroo, Sydney, NSW, Australia

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