We’re excited to announce the winner of the WAN Waterfront 2015 Award is PWP Landscape Architecture for their impressive Barangaroo Reserve project.
The winner was selected from six shortlisted projects that were chosen by our experienced jury panel. On board to judge this award was: Bryan Avery MBE, Principal of Avery Associates Architects, Maarten Buijs, Project Manager and Landscape Architect of West8 urban design & landscape architecture bv, Niels de Bruin, Landscape Architect and Partner of White Arkitekter, and Vishnu Anishetty, Lead Designer of Atkins. They were all in agreement that the winning scheme had a rich outcome and deserved to be championed as this year’s winner of the WAN Waterfront 2015 Award.
PWP Landscape Architecture were guided by geomorphologic studies, historical maps, and early paintings, to formulate the design of Barangaroo Reserve – recreating a six-hectare ‘Club Cape’ headland. Transforming Barangaroo Reserve into a humane, usable space with ecological goals always in sight.
“It’s a complicated project, that’s been approached with vigour and sensitivity.”
Maarten felt that the project: “provided good access to the water.” Pedestrian and bicycle pathways are separated by a low one-meter-wide sandstone wall – the symbolic marking of the original pre-colonial shoreline known as the ‘1836 Wall.’ Its rusticated stone masonry evokes the first colonial sandstone constructions of Sydney. All plantings are native, not just to Australia, but specifically to the Sydney area. “It’s not regimented” stated Bryan. Going on to say: “it has a humanity to it – setting an example to all of us.”
Barangaroo has also been selected as one of 17 precincts worldwide to participate in the Clinton Climate Initiative Development Program, which supports large-scale urban projects that reduce on-site CO2 emissions to zero. The project exemplifies the One Planet Living principles, which provide the framework and guidelines for sustainable development, from Zero Carbon and Zero Waste to Sustainable Water and Materials to Sustainable Land Use, Wildlife, and Transport. The materials removed from the existing site, such as the kilometre of concrete caissons, asphalt and mass excavations of the existing container port, have been ground up for base layers and creation of the headland. The 10,000 blocks of sandstone excavated from the site and moved to the foreshore edge eliminated the transport of thousands of truck-loads into the city.
Bryan stated, with Vishnu concluding that:
“The scheme slips effortlessly into the landscape. PWP Landscape Architecture have met all the requirements of the brief.”
We’d like to take the opportunity to thank not only the jury, but all who entered their projects into this years’ WAN Waterfront 2015 Award.