Sydney Architecture Images- Darling Harbour and Barangaroo Architecture

DARLING HARBOUR GOODS LINE

  This is a public walkway/park that has been made on a disused section of the old inner west freight line (the rest of the line is used for the Light Rail to Dullwich Hill). It links Central Station to the Powerhouse Museum, and passes by the new UTS Dr Chau Chak Wing Building.

architect

Aspect Studio landscape architects

location

Pyrmont, behind the UTS

date

2015

style

Millennium Moderne 

construction

concrete, etc

type

Public Space
   
Images from the past
Above- Pyrmont circa 1980.
Above- the railway yards on the site of the current Darling Harbour
Above- the same stretch of line, one hundred years apart
Above- 1970s and 80s.
Above- before and after
Above- the new UTS Dr Chau Chak Wing Building.
Above- interestingly, there is an abandoned tunnel at the Central end. This was in fact Australia's first tunnel (under George Street).
 
Above-
 
The blurb....

The Goods Line is a shared pedestrian and cycle path, and green public space, connecting Ultimo with Darling Harbour. It’s surrounded by some of Sydney’s most important cultural, educational and media institutions, such as the ABC, UTS, TAFE and the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (Powerhouse).

The line provides a traffic-free, accessible thoroughfare from Central Station to Darling Harbour. It connects more than 80,000 tertiary students, locals and visitors to the many major attractions of Sydney’s much-loved Darling Harbour. From Central, follow the signs for UTS through the Devonshire Street tunnel, beneath George Street and continue to Ultimo Road.

There are a number of mixed-use spaces to enjoy. Visitors can picnic at the dining tables or bask in the sunshine in the green, grassy spaces. There are table tennis tables, study pods amongst the trees, and a children’s water play area with a sand pit shaded by fig trees. It’s the perfect place to take a break in the middle of the busy city and just enjoy the tranquil surrounds.

It is also a new public space for pop-up events, invigorating and bringing new activity into the precinct. For example, the amphitheatre at the Mary Ann Street stairs offers an opportunity for outdoor movies and performances.



HISTORY
You will notice old railways tracks as you walk through The Goods Line. That’s because it’s the site of an old rail corridor, part of a busy freight rail system that first opened in 1855.

This rail line ran from Dulwich Hill on the Bankstown line, to Rozelle and Darling Harbour Yards, finishing at Sydney Yard (Central Station), with major rail yards at Rozelle and Darling Harbour.

The section from Balmain Road to Sydney Yard was closed when Darling Harbour Yard was redeveloped into the Darling Harbour of today. Much of the line around Darling Harbour has been re-used for the Sydney Light Railway.

 

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links

http://www.shfa.nsw.gov.au/sydney-Our_places_and_projects-Our_projects-The_Goods_Line.htm
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/a-dormant-goods-line-reconnects-sydneys-east-and-west-20150827-gj95kf.html
http://www.darlingharbour.com/things-to-do/the-goods-line/