Barangaroo Reserve

Prize Winner in Landscape Architecture
Firm LocationBerkeley, United States
CompanyPWP Landscape Architecture
Lead DesignerLead Designer: PWP Landscape Architecture
Design TeamGeneral Contractor: Lend Lease, Sydney, Australia Landscape Architect of Record with Lend Lease for Landscape Construction: Johnson Pilton Walker Architects Architect: WMK Quarry Operation and Chief Stone Mason: Troy Stratti Horticulturalist: Stuart Pittendrigh 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 Innovations Plant Procurement Nursery: Andreasens Green

Named for an influential Aboriginal woman of colonial Sydney, Barangaroo is a globally-significant, 22-hectare waterfront renewal project that redefines Sydney Harbour and its Central Business District. Barangaroo Reserve was the first phase in the 3-district precinct to open. The project re-creates “Millers Point” headland in its original location by transforming a concrete container port into a naturalistic park with over 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. Walking and bicycle pathways separated by the “1836 Wall” symbolically mark the original precolonial shoreline. Barangaroo Reserve is carbon-neutral, water-positive, and committed to creating zero waste. Selected as a Clinton Global Initiative, One Planet Living, and C40 Climate Positive development, the project recycled all existing materials onsite to form the headland. Hidden beneath the artificial headland, the “Cutaway” is a massive void formed through the sandstone excavation operations to host art exhibits, performances, and a future Aboriginal Cultural Center. Barangaroo Reserve transforms a huge expanse of empty concrete into humane, usable space, marking the transformation of an industrialized site into a modern reinvention of its more sustainable past.