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BARANGAROO

Barangaroo, named for a prominent indigenous figure at the time of colonisation, is a 22 hectare site of discontinued container wharves on the north-western edge of the Sydney CBD. As part of Barangaroo's $A6 billion transformation, the site has been divided into three distinct precincts;
- Headland Park
- Barangaroo Central
- Barangaroo South

The Headland Park (now under construction and due for completion in 2015) aims to return the headland to a pre-colonisation form complete with tidal rock pools, cycleways, footpaths, open grass spaces, native flora and fauna and an underground cultural centre of between 10,000 sq m and 20,000 sq m. A specific use for the cultural centre has not yet been determined, however a cultural study is now underway and expected to be completed by year's end.


The Headland Park as viewed from the west
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151059746889560.439505.105773054559&type=3

Barangaroo Central is separated from the Headland Park by the northern cove. The northern cove aims to break up the straight edges of the former industrial wharves and allow people to better engage with the harbour. Barangaroo Central itself is slated for cultural, civic and recreational spaces as well as medium-rise commercial and residential development. Planning for Barangaroo Central is ongoing and final uses have not yet been confirmed, however several ideas have been floated.


The Headland Park, northern cove and Barangaroo Central as viewed from the west
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151059746889560.439505.105773054559&type=3

And then there's Barangaroo South, which no doubt is the best known component of the Barangaroo project. Thus I'll keep it brief.
- 7 x 100m+ skyscrapers including 1 x 200m+ tower
- Approximately 320,000 sq m commercial GFA
- Approximately 100,000 sq m residential GFA (up to 800 apartments)
- Approximately 30,000 sq m retail GFA
- Approximately 33,000 sq m landmark hotel GFA (negotiations as to location are ongoing)


International Towers Sydney
From the Sydney Morning Herald

THE STAR

Facing off with Barangaroo across the harbour is Sydney's (currently) only casino - The Star. In the final stages of its $A900 million refurbishment, The Star is now home to some of Australia's finest accommodation (The Darling was awarded Best New Hotel Construction and Design 2012 at the Asia-Pacific International Hotel Awards), restaurants (David Chang's first foray into Australia with Momofuku Seiobo, as well as Chase Kojima's Sokyo, Teage Ezard's Black and Stefano Manfredi's Balla), boutiques (Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo) and nightlife (Marquee, The Star's new megaclub from the US' Tao Group) as well as its namesake casino. In early 2013, the new $A150 million Events Centre will open.


http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.280450491965717.79290.113390428671725

DARLING QUARTER

Gone are the days of Darling Harbour being a kitsch tourist fun park. Introducing Darling Quarter - new headquarters for the Commonwealth Bank retrofitted with a children's theatre, children's playground, table tennis tables and the world's biggest interactive light display, Luminous. In fact Darling Quarter is so good that it was awarded with the Australia Award for Urban Design in the Delivered Outcome-Large Scale category. Located on the old Sega World site, this $A600 million transformation is dragging Darling Harbour into the 21st Century.


TBC tomorrow, I need to get some sleep :lol:
 

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awesome stuff. sydney enters new era
 

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I wish the towers look like that render, as they look great - ie. glassy and futuristic. But some of the other renders I have seen, the towers are more gaudy with bolder reds and yellows and less reflective. So for Sydney's sake I hope the final result is closer to that render.
 

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Agreed.

Some of the renders have been less than inspiring however some of the more recent renders give me hope for the glass.
 

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Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct

A $A1 billion investment in the existing facilities at Darling Harbour will see the new Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct (SICEEP) provide;
- The largest exhibition space in Australia at 40,000 square metres
- The biggest meeting room space in Australia at 6,000 square metres, linked to both convention and exhibition areas
- The biggest Australian convention hall capacity - known as plenary space - able to accommodate more than 10,000 people over four different areas, allowing multiple events to take place at the same time
- Dedicated banqueting facilities for 2,000 people - almost double the current capacity.
- A red carpet, premium entertainment facility with a capacity of at least 8,000 people, suitable for both international entertainment events and 'mega' conferences
- State-of-the-art technology throughout, such as wireless connectivity across all facilities - allowing delegates in the banqueting hall or a meeting room to view a convention speaker on their iPad
- The creation of up to 3,500 jobs during construction.


An earlier concept for SICEEP
http://www.architectureanddesign.co...on-and-entertainment-centre-plans/530610.aspx

The precinct is expected to include commercial, residential and hotel space as well as retail shops and bars, cafes and restaurants to help activate the precinct outside of operating periods. The 20 hectare redevelopment is expected to include an upgrade of Tumbalong Park and the demolition of the monorail.

Submissions for the new SICEEP close next month and a preferred bidder is expected to be selected by year's end. Demolition of the existing centre will commence in late 2013.

Ultimo Pedestrian Network

The Ultimo Pedestrian Network (UPN) aims to improve pedestrian connections between Central Station and Darling Harbour. As Sydney's answer to the High Line in New York, the UPN will be an elevated public space providing improved access to key landmarks such as the Powerhouse Museum and Frank Gehry's first Australian building, the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology Sydney.


UPN looking north with the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building in the foreground (left)
http://www.aspect.net.au/wps/wcm/connect/web/w/projects/type+of+project/public+realm/upn


The UPN at night
http://www.aspect.net.au/wps/wcm/connect/web/w/projects/type+of+project/public+realm/upn

It's expected that the UPN will support a range of pop up events once it's completed.
 

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Here's what could be another piece in the puzzle - the $A500 million rejig of the IMAX Theatre at Darling Harbour

Trust the Daily Telegraph to start with the nicknames and Fairfax/the Sydney Morning Herald to bemoan another highrise near the harbour.

Ribbon building will IMAXimise Harbour
VIKKI CAMPION URBAN AFFAIRS REPORTER The Daily Telegraph July 25, 2012


The Ribbon at Sydney's Darling Harbour. Source: Supplied

IT has been dubbed "The Ribbon" because "it's a gift to Sydney" and will form the centrepiece of the biggest overhaul of Darling Harbour since the 1990s.

This sculptural building will be the new home of the IMAX theatre at the eastern side of the entertainment precinct.

Adelaide-based international architect Hassell was engaged to come up with a brave design "that it is not moulded in Sydney conservatism". And here's the result.

The building has also been dubbed The Ribbon because "its form can be likened to ribbons gently emerging from its urban context, the expressways, the Harbour and the public spaces around it".

But it has already been compared to a map of Australia, a tractor tyre, a monorail and a cruise ship.

The building will be more than twice the height of the current 37m IMAX theatre, stretching to 86.5m at its highest point.

"Sydney sometimes lacks courage," Grocon Group NSW general manager Chris Carolan said.

"You get an emotional response to this."


Markham Corporation, which bought the site in 2005, believes the building will be a "beacon" deserving of the world stage.

"A site like this only comes once in a lifetime. It demands a wonderful, inspiring design and we cannot afford to miss the opportunity it presents," managing director James Markham said.

"It is innovative in every way and we believe it could become an admired Sydney landmark in this vibrant, revitalised and growing precinct. The Ribbon has been designed to speak to the future and capture the imagination of the world."

The 18-storey building will house a new IMAX screen as well as office space, cafes, restaurants and a function room. It will feature green technology, including a 12-storey vertical garden that will filter air through the floor like a "green lung". Workers will have uninterrupted water and park views and plenty of natural light with 90 per cent of the office floor space within 12m of a window.

"People say (IMAX) has its back to the city, this is about opening it up further," Mr Markham said.

"We are very conscious of how visible this site is. We want to improve the connections back to the city and Darling Harbour."

Under the plans, which will be lodged within weeks, the public domain at Darling Harbour could be extended and revamped towards the water. Meanwhile, the state government plans to redevelop the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre and tear down the monorail.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/ne...-developers-rapt/story-e6freuy9-1226434249380
IMAX site marked for Ribbon high-rise
July 25, 2012
Leesha McKenny

IT has been dubbed "The Ribbon" because "it's a gift to Sydney" and will form the centrepiece of the biggest overhaul of Darling Harbour since the 1990s.

This sculptural building will be the new home of the IMAX theatre at the eastern side of the entertainment precinct.

Adelaide-based international architect Hassell was engaged to come up with a brave design "that it is not moulded in Sydney conservatism". And here's the result.

The building has also been dubbed The Ribbon because "its form can be likened to ribbons gently emerging from its urban context, the expressways, the Harbour and the public spaces around it".

But it has already been compared to a map of Australia, a tractor tyre, a monorail and a cruise ship.

The building will be more than twice the height of the current 37m IMAX theatre, stretching to 86.5m at its highest point.

"Sydney sometimes lacks courage," Grocon Group NSW general manager Chris Carolan said.

"You get an emotional response to this."

Markham Corporation, which bought the site in 2005, believes the building will be a "beacon" deserving of the world stage.

"A site like this only comes once in a lifetime. It demands a wonderful, inspiring design and we cannot afford to miss the opportunity it presents," managing director James Markham said.

"It is innovative in every way and we believe it could become an admired Sydney landmark in this vibrant, revitalised and growing precinct. The Ribbon has been designed to speak to the future and capture the imagination of the world."



The 18-storey building will house a new IMAX screen as well as office space, cafes, restaurants and a function room. It will feature green technology, including a 12-storey vertical garden that will filter air through the floor like a "green lung". Workers will have uninterrupted water and park views and plenty of natural light with 90 per cent of the office floor space within 12m of a window.

"People say (IMAX) has its back to the city, this is about opening it up further," Mr Markham said.

"We are very conscious of how visible this site is. We want to improve the connections back to the city and Darling Harbour."

Under the plans, which will be lodged within weeks, the public domain at Darling Harbour could be extended and revamped towards the water. Meanwhile, the state government plans to redevelop the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre and tear down the monorail.

http://news.domain.com.au/domain/re...arked-for-ribbon-highrise-20120724-22nhc.html
 

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I like the design if the Ribbon, but it's hardly anything groundbreaking.

Good to see that site being redeveloped though.
 

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UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY SYDNEY

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is spending up to $A1 billion refurbishing its city fringe campus, wedged between Darling Harbour and Broadway. Infamous in Sydney for being home to what is widely regarded as one of the (if not the) ugliest towers in city, UTS has assembled a stunning team of architects - both local and international - to reimagine the campus. This team includes Frank Gehry's first Australian building the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, which is now under construction and due for completion in 2014. The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building will front the Ultimo Pedestrian Network as shown in the second picture in the fifth post.

Here are some of the buildings which are now either under construction or approved at UTS;

UTS Gateway Building - Denton Corker Marshall



http://www.utsbroadway.com.au/winning-scheme.php

Due for completion in late 2013. Note that this building will be located directly opposite Norman Foster's commercial building at Central Park. A stunning new entrance to the Sydney CBD from the south.

Dr Chau Chak Wing Building - Gehry Partners

http://www.abc.net.au/reslib/201012/r690540_5197737.jpg

Due for completion in 2014. This building has certainly divided forum - and public - opinion. I like it, not because it's a Gehry, but because it is daring, it is controversial and it is bold. Something Sydney sometimes lacks. It will cause audible awe and horror and could become a new discussion point in local architecture. I give kudos to UTS for having the guts to go ahead with it. It's something we'd never see at Barangaroo.

Thomas Street Building - Durbach Block Jaggers, in association with BVN Architecture



http://majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/index.pl?action=view_job&job_id=3712

Due for completion in 2014. Lacks a staritect (Dr Chau Chak Wing Building) and a landmark location (like the Gateway Building), but I appreciate the subtle curves and non-conforming typical building envelope.
 

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The Engineering Building at UTS will be stunning alongside the office complex planned for Central Park right across the road from it. :)

We will be regretting it once Gehry's building is completed. It respresents Sydney in a very wrong and negative way.
 

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Speak for yourself Fabs!

I won't be regretting the Gehry building. I think it is a fantastic addition to the city's architectural portfolio and one I will be excited to show friends visiting the city.
 
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