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Last weekend saw the highly anticipated official opening of Barangaroo, Sydney’s 6 billion dollar waterfront redevelopment.
The site, formerly a 22-hectare container port, has been transformed into a new urban precinct divided into three zones – Barangaroo South, slated as a major business, tourism and retail destination; Central Barangaroo, a cultural and civic area and Barangaroo Reserve, a harbourside park which introduces a contemporary green corridor to the headland.
Barangaroo Reserve promises a scenic new waterfront walkway featuring 75,000 native plants, with an undulating landscape taking inspiration from the natural topography of the site prior to the 1800 colonial settlement. Sandstone seawalls from the original headland were discovered in the preparation of the foreshore, and were retained for use in the redevelopment.
The new landmark was developed under the collaborative guidance of an international design team, including British Pritzker Prize winner Lord Richard Rogers and US landscape architect Peter Walker, as well as leading local architects Richard Francis-Jones (director of Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp), HASSELL’s Ken Maher and Sacha Coles of landscape architectural company ASPECT Studios, among others.
The public is invited to explore the new park at an ongoing Welcome Celebration, beginning Sunday 6 September with a Giant Picnic and continuing on weekends until November.
Find out more about Barangaroo at www.barangaroo.sydney