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
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
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
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.
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: