Sydney Architecture Images- Darling Harbour and Barangaroo Architecture

Barangaroo History (see BARANGAROO HISTORY, International Towers and Barangaroo Residential)


Richard Rogers and Lend Lease Design. Various others.


East Darling Harbour "the hungry mile". Millers Point.


proposed 2009- 2015.


Millennium Minimalist Modernism


reinforced concrete frame, curtain wall glazing. 10 skyscrapers up to 50storeys
International Towers | 49st, 43st, 39st / 217m, 178m, 168m


Apartment Building  Office Building
  Three precincts: Barangaroo South, Barangaroo Central and the Headland Park.

Precinct One- Barangaroo South. Commercial and retail.
International Towers Sydney: Three commercial skyscrapers designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.
IT1 at 217 metres (712 ft).
IT2 is due for completion in 2015. IT1 & IT3 are due for completion in 2016.

Precinct Two- Barangaroo Central. Low-rise residential, commercial and civic buildings.
James Packer's casino group, Crown Limited, (A$1 billion+).

Precinct Three- Headland Park is a 6 hectares (15 acres) park at the north of the site.
A cultural facility and car park will be located beneath the headland.
  Above- the finger wharves of Darling Harbour circa 1880. Note the lack of tall buildings.
  Above- the original wharves (built 1901) along Hickson Road (the proposed casino site).
  Above- the original finger wharves along Hickson Road, looking south. Darling Harbour in the background.
  Above- the container stevedoring site at Millers point, circa 2005.
Barangaroo History

Barangaroo was the wife of Bennelong (a prominent aboriginal friend of the white settlers in the early days of the colony).

The name is new for this area, previously known as Millers Point (as there was previously a windmill up on the Observatory hill).

Millers Point and its western city foreshore have always played a pivotal role in the growth of Sydney as a major port city.

By the mid 1820s the first wharf was built at Walsh Bay followed by the wharves of Millers Point.

In 1900 the NSW Government elected to seize control of the area to rebuild the wharves and shipping infrastructure for the new century of trade. The government's Sydney Harbour Trust dramatically cut the landscape to create Hickson Road and lined East Darling Harbour with long wharves and shore shed buildings - examples of which can still be seen at Walsh Bay.

During the Great Depression, Hickson Road came to be known as "The Hungry Mile" from the men who went from wharf to wharf in search of work.

Containerisation of shipping created perhaps the most dramatic modification of the wharves when, in the 1960s, a large concrete apron built for this new method of shipping demolished almost the entire previous built environment. It is this same concrete apron which defines the site today.

Changes to shipping technology and the inability to create heavy freight rail access to the site made it unsustainable as a modern stevedoring port facility for the late 20th and early 21st century.

In 2003, the State Government announced that the stevedoring wharves at East Darling Harbour would be transformed into a new urban precinct.

An international urban design competition was held in 2005, attracting 139 entries from around the world. The winning design by Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects, Paul Berkemeier Architects and Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture was announced in March 2006 together with a naming competition for the new precinct.

The Barangaroo Concept Plan was approved in February 2007 and covers urban design and policy initiatives and is the statutory master planning instrument, to guide the urban renewal of Barangaroo. In 2008, the Concept Plan was amended to increase the floor space and in 2009 was further amended to refine Barangaroo Reserve & Northern Cove. In 2010, it was amended to include a hotel on a pier, additional height and additional floorspace.
  Above- the 2005 winning design by Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects, Paul Berkemeier Architects
  Above- an early design for the commercial buildings and the casino, showing much more boxy buildings and the casino in the harbour on a wharf (contentious sadly...)
  Above- start of construction of the commercial towers, 2014.
  The redevelopment of Barangaroo is the latest production in town. For the past seven years or so the conversion of the former East Darling Harbour container wharf – a 22-hectare, pile-borne concrete apron capping a murky substrate of contaminated fill – has provoked angry debate. The basic process so far has seen the NSW State Government take control of the site and orchestrate a competitive masterplanning procedure involving developer-led design consortiums. The following is a very brief sketch of the project’s evolution and a consideration of some of the key issues to emerge from the debates around it.

In 2006 Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects, Paul Berkemeier Architect and Jane Irwin Landscape Architects (HTBI) won the two-stage international design competition for East Darling Harbour (see Architecture Australia November/December 2005 and July/August 2006). However, from late 2006 the team was excluded from the ongoing development of the site. Barangaroo (as it is now known) was subsequently listed as a State Significant Site, bringing it within Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act and exempting it from conventional planning processes.

The Barangaroo Delivery Authority (BDA) was created and a series of modifications to the concept plan approved: creating more coves, consolidating development in the south and segregating the northern parkland.

In December 2009, the NSW Government announced that Lend Lease had been selected as preferred tenderer to develop and create the $6 billion Stage 1 development. Lend Lease’s design team still included Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the key partner in their highly commended competition scheme of 2006. In fact, in February 2010 when the winning proposal went on public exhibition it was clear that the “modifications” to the successful HTBI scheme had effectively exhumed the runner-up’s corpse (not without signs of decay).
  Above- construction beginning in 2014, remediation of the site.
  Above- construction beginning in 2014, remediation of the site.
  Above- early concept and tabula rasa.
  Above- early design concepts by Richard Rogers.
Lend Lease may ‘pull trigger’ on third tower at Barangaroo

LEND Lease could move ahead and build the third office tower at the $6 billion Barangaroo South precinct in Sydney without securing another tenant, according to a leading brokerage firm.
Broker notes from Citi show that Lend Lease has indicated it could be prepared to “pull the trigger” and build the 104,000sq m office tower even with the planned building only 25 per cent committed. Lend Lease has an agreement with the joint venture buyers of the first two towers — Tower 2 and Tower 3 — that it would only build the third tower if it leased 85 per cent of both buildings.
Both towers are about 77 per cent full, with Westpac, Gilbert & Tobin, KPMG and Lend Lease committed. But Lend Lease told investors this week that this agreement would lapse in July and that it could be willing to fund the initial cost of the construction of the third tower with a lower level of commitment.

Citi said Lend Lease might wait until it pre-leases 50 per cent of the third tower — called Tower 1 — because it would be more likely to bring in capital partners.
The Weekend Australian revealed that Lend Lease had begun sounding out Asian institutions about to gauge their interest in taking a stake in the final tower, which is worth about $1 billion.
Accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers is believed to have leased a quarter of the building.

Marsh Mercer is considering taking about 18,000sq m of space at the precinct, while the Australian Securities Exchange could lease about 3000sq m, according to sources. If Marsh Mercer and the ASX make the move, an option for Lend Lease would be to put the groups into Tower 1, which would bring it close to 50 per cent let, according to sources.
Law firm King & Wood Mallesons is also looking at the precinct, but industry executives expect it to stay at Governor Phillip Tower in the CBD.
“It is possible that they may push ahead with T1 at a lower leasing threshold (about 25 per cent), financed on (its balance sheet), but are then more likely to bring in capital partners once they get to 50 per cent leased,” broker Citi said.

Citi director of equity research sales Michael Vincent said: “My guess is they have until September to find some more tenants; otherwise they will have to delay the start date for 18 months when the next leasing window opens.”
Mr Vincent also made a reference to the impact this would have on the Sydney office market, where vacancies are 9 per cent.
“No doubt this will be unwelcome news to the office guys who were hoping for a bit more relief at the premium end, which seems to be struggling with stubbornly high vacancy at the moment. Our recent feedback suggests B-grade leasing is the strongest followed by lower A-grade assets.”

Lend Lease would not comment on the notes but pointed back to chief executive Steve McCann’s comments in October last year. “There will be a third tower and it will lease up and all of the speculation around whether we’ll go ahead with a third tower or not is a waste of everyone’s time,” Mr McCann said.
  Background Information
It was announced at the unveiling of a $4 billion renewal project on the Western side of Sydney's CBD.
Sartor said the Government would consider building new public transport ferry wharves, bus stations and possibly light rail along Hickson Road, to be renamed the Hungary Mile.
More than 50 per cent of the precinct will be parkland, with the rest a mixture of residential, retail and commercial space for 16,000 office workers.
However the majority of built form within the precinct is for commercial uses including office space, retail facilities, residential units, and hotel/tourism facilities. It will be funded, developed and owned by the private sector.
All development sites will be on a 99-year leasehold structure.
Construction of the site is expected to commence in 2008 and the precinct expected to be completed, through a staged delivery strategy, by 2020.
The State gov recently approved masterplan for former Stevedores/patricks site at Eastdarling Harbour.
site area- 22 hec
tallest building will be 180m+. 4 more at 150m.
also should state 10 skyscrapers.
the first stage (10 highrise office blocks and hotels will commence early 09.hopefully with new ferry terminal and lightrail along hickson rd
stage2 to start 2013 being the many lowrise units and restaurants/retail in centre of site and stage3 will be parks and headland at northern end
yes, this one is going to be spectacular!
stage1- the southern section (all the tall buildings) will start early 2009
stage2-middle section-lowrise units with retail
stage3-parks and northern end.
looks like Dubais nakeel- want to kick it off.
Barangaroo is an inner-city foreshore locality of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is located on the north-western edge of the Sydney central business district, at the south-eastern end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, adjacent to Sydney CBD. It is part of the local government area of the City of Sydney. The postcode is 2000. Barangaroo is an intiative ordered by the Government of New South Wales to provide more recreational area for a growing Sydney population, and was named after the wife of Bennelong in October 2006 by Nigel Dawe, winner of a public competition to name the area. Before it is transformed into commercial and residential real estate, the Barangaroo precinct will be used during World Youth Day 2008 as the site of the opening Mass (Tuesday 15 July) for an estimated 150000 people and for the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI (Thursday 17 July).

Barangaroo comprises most of the suburb formerly known as Millers Point and the western portion of Sydney where the now defunct shipping port is being redeveloped into a recreational, business and shopping precinct.

Barangaroo: Harbour high-rise breaks all the rules
MATTHEW MOORE, SMH, February 24, 2010

The Premier, Kristina Keneally, has warmly endorsed a plan to build one of Sydney’s biggest hotels more than 100 metres out over the harbour, insisting it will not create a precedent other developers will seek to follow.
And the British architect behind the Barangaroo proposal, Richard Rogers, said he had ”no reservations” about going where no private developer had been allowed to develop before.

The difficulties of achieving a good design made building over the water the best solution, said the architect known for a string of famous works including the Pompidou Centre in Paris.
”One of the problems we have had is this amazingly hard line – we call it the aircraft carrier. It had a function 100 years ago, it had a major function. Now it has no function,” he said of the edge of the old container wharves at East Darling Harbour.
”There’s no reason why, in the 21st century, we should not build lightly – we have to tread very lightly – out into the water.”
He said the hotel was an attempt ”to reflect in a way the movement of the water. It’s very three dimensional … This is an element where you’ll be able to see a different view of the harbour.”

At a function to release more details of Sydney’s biggest urban redevelopment, Ms Keneally praised the Lend Lease plan even though it breaches the height and density restrictions in the concept plan for the area, as well as the ban on building over water.
While hotel guests will enjoy better views of the Opera House from siting the hotel on a 150-metre long pier, Ms Keneally said constructing the wharf would improve access to the harbour for visitors to Barangaroo.
”What this design does is increase foreshore access for the public. It opens up to the public access to Sydney’s harbour”.
She dismissed a question about whether the hotel might be branded ”a new Blues Point Tower” (the widely criticised apartment tower at McMahons Point) and said it was ”a magnificent design”.

A model of the proposed hotel at Barangaroo. Photo: Brendan Esposito
While Lend Lease has provided some images of what the site might look like, actual designs will not be available until later in the year when development applications are submitted.
To encourage debate about the site, the Barangaroo Delivery Authority hosted a public meeting last night with Lord Rogers and the former prime minister, Paul Keating, arguing the merits of the scheme.
The chief executive of the authority, John Tabart, said the exhibition Ms Keneally opened yesterday would allow the public over the next month to inspect models and plans for the project that had been kept secret until now.


Recovering the western foreshore: Keating on Sydney’s Barangaroo plans
ABC, 23 February, 2010 Deborah Cameron and Matthew Perkins
The State Government has awarded the contract for redeveloping the Barangaroo area of East Darling Harbour and the first glimpses of what the new space could look like have been released, with some thoughts on it given by a former Prime Minister.

“We get one chance at this,” Paul Keating told 702 Mornings, “[and] these common great spaces belong to everybody…
“This is a great chance to recover the western side of the city,” Mr. Keating asserts, “and if we dont recover it, it would be an act of criminal negligence because we get one chance in 200 years.”
He is advocating public debate on the plans being offered, which you can take part in on our Mornings page.
Meanwhile, the current New South Wales Premier, Kristina Keneally, is championing some of the features shown in the developer’s pictures, including light rail, a ferry hub, and a walkway connecting to Wynyard train station.

As well as connecting to the rest of the city, the area is being talked about as a ‘trade gateway’ as well as a community space – the promise is that more than half of the area will be public space.
Although, there will also be offices, apartments, and shops in the 22-hectare area.
You will also get more water, with 3.5 hectares of water being returned to the harbour as well as nearly an extra kilometre of waterfrontage being created, according to the developers.
The redevelopment is costed at some $6 billion and is expected to be completed in 2014.


Green light for $6b Barangaroo contract
AAP February 23, 2010

SYDNEYSIDERS will have a new place to live, shop and reside in 2014, with the NSW government authorising the $6 billion contract for commercial development of Barangaroo at East Darling Harbour.
The signing today follows Lend Lease’s winning bid to build Barangaroo’s southern commercial precinct, with construction set to start this year and the first stage targeted for completion in 2014.

An extension to the existing light rail will serve commuters at Barangaroo – a 22-hectare site including office towers, residential apartments, a 30,000 square metre shopping area and a park.
Barangaroo was to be serviced by the CBD Metro, which was scrapped on Sunday as part of the Labor government’s $50.2 billion Metropolitan Transport Plan.

It will now be served by an extension to the existing light rail network, with trams travelling from Central Station to Circular Quay via Barangaroo.
NSW Premier Kristina Keneally said work would begin immediately on the extension to the existing light rail.
“We are commencing immediately with the planning for the light rail and will achieve the planning approvals required this year and hopefully commence construction this year,” she told reporters.
Ms Keneally could not confirm whether the light rail would be completed by 2014.
“We will be working as hard as possible to deliver the light rail as quick as possible,” she said.
A new ferry hub will also link Barangaroo with the existing ferry network and a pedestrian tunnel will provide direct links between Barangaroo and Wynyard railway station.



Official proposal website

SMH article

barangaroo website