Barangaroo Masterplan

Barangaroo Masterplan

RSHP has developed a masterplan for the Barangaroo area of Sydney for developer Lend Lease that breaks up the disused container port’s uniform concrete border, returning the peninsula to the people of Sydney as a bold addition to the city’s urban landscape. The masterplan is based on a ‘fan’ of buildings which create views opening outwards towards the west and helping to reconnect Sydney to its western waterfront.

Covering six hectares of built development as part of a larger site totalling 22 hectares, Barangaroo South will become a complete new city quarter that integrates into the existing urban fabric. The project will extend the existing CBD and provide up to 1,500 new homes as well as leisure and cultural uses and a new ferry terminal. Two thirds of the development is set aside as public and recreational space. The remaining third – Barangaroo South – will adopt the same scale, height and density as in the CBD but maintaining a waterside which is public along its entire length.

Emphasis is placed on creating strong public transport and pedestrian links, and opening up a waterfront promenade running the full length of Barangaroo into a ‘great city boulevard’.

An extension to the CBD will provide much-needed high quality office space, The Barangaroo South development locks into the existing city grid at the Hickson Road perimeter of the site. It then follows a radial arrangement that responds to the sun path and site boundaries; and ensures good views extend to the waterfront.

The proposal includes a landmarkbuilding raised more than nine metres above a pier to allow full public access to the water. The lower storeys of this tower will be dedicated to cultural activities. Above will sit a 40-storey hotel, topped by a viewing area also open to the public. This will be the first major landmark building for Sydney Harbour since the Opera House opened in 1973, and helps to reinforce the importance of Barangaroo South as Sydney’s great western gateway.

In addition, the existing shoreline will be transformed to include a new cove, breaking up the currently monotonous straight waterfront created along the derelict wharves to create a more natural, meandering water’s edge and injecting a new sense of character to the area.

Barangaroo will complete and enhance Sydney’s waterfront promenade, as well as creating a new ‘culture trail’. The development encourages walking, cycling and the use of public transport. It is part of the Clinton Climate Initiative’s Climate Positive Development Program and – when delivered – will be an exemplar of sustainable urban design.

Location Sydney, Australia
Area  22 hectares (of which 6 hectares will be developed for commercial, residential, hotel, cultural and transport uses)
Type Masterplanning
Dates 2009 -
Client New South Wales Government / Lend Lease
The Architect Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Co-architect PTW
RSHP Team  
Ben Darras, Tobi Frenzen, Ivan Harbour, Mimi Hawley, Amarjit Kalsi, Chris McAnenny, Ann Miller, Alison Oktay, Andrew Partridge, Richard Rogers, Laura Salisbury, Andrei Saltykov, James Stopps, Paul Thompson, Simon Tonks
Engineers Arup
Landscape Design Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN)