Wulugul at Barangaroo Retail Pop-up


Wulugul at Barangaroo Retail Pop-up

LocationSydney, NSW
ClientLend Lease/Barangaroo Delivery Authority
ServicesLandscape Architecture
Site Area7.5ha

Barangaroo is considered to be one of the most ambitious and significant waterfront urban renewal projects in the world. Located on the western side of Sydney’s CBD it will transform a vacant 22 hectare industrial site into a new precinct for Sydney with residential, commercial, retail and recreation uses.

Aspect|OCULUS, working as a joint venture company, in collaboration with Rogers Stirk Harbour and Lend Lease created a master plan that recognises and prioritises the importance of the public realm. Community and stakeholder engagement played an important role in the design process and feedback continues to inform the ongoing design process.

The plan returns more than three hectares of water area, including two new coves, to the harbour. It completes the 14 kilometre harbour foreshore walk from Woolloomooloo to Anzac Bridge and for the first time in more than a century, restores public access to 1.4 kilometres of that walk.

OCULUS working in partnership with Aspect Studios, collaborated with FOOLSCAP Studios to create a pop up temporary retail environment to activate the waterfront promenade while construction continued on the ground floor restaurants and cafes. Constructed from custom engineered recycled cardboard tubing and sustainable native Australian plywood, the form of the pop up is genuinely unique. The tubing creates an undulating facade that references the topography of the surrounding area. An edible garden, Australian native plants and clever yet simple green walls create a physical environment that immerses people in the moment. The design elevates a simple recycled material to create a dynamic temporary architecture with a range of modular elements including seating pods and native planter gardens, outdoor cinema, bars and food outlets. Custom designed food carts also serve coffee, gelato and drinks along the promenade.

Image Credits: Florian Groehn