King Street Wharf


King Street Wharf

LocationDarling Harbour, Sydney, NSW
ClientBrookfield Multiplex
ServicesMaster Planning, Concept Design, Construction Documentation, Construction Observation
Site Area5.4 ha (13.3 ac)
Budget$5 million AUD
Date1999 - 2000

King Street Wharf is a mixed-use waterfront urban renewal development located on what was formerly part of the East Darling Harbour container shipping terminal on the western edge of Sydney’s Central Business District.

OCULUS was engaged by Brookfield Multiplex to work with Cox Crone Architects to produce both a master plan and landscape design that would create a vibrant waterfront destination. The site occupies some 5.4 hectares (13.3 acres) and includes over 360 metres (1,181 feet) of new waterfront.

The design of the public domain was structured around two main gestures. The first is the creation of a linear waterfront promenade that balances the different spatial and programmatic needs of both restaurant tenants and the public. The boundary between the restaurant outdoor seating areas and the public domain and promenade is defined by a layering of components: paving patterns, seating, and planting elements. The seats and planting shift back and forth, expanding, contracting, and defining the public and private space. The second gesture is the notion of “reconnecting” the waterfront with the western edge of the city by maintaining visual and physical links from the city down to the waterfront. Three major green spaces punctuate the waterfront edge, extending east to the “grid” of city streets. These spaces use the site’s level changes to create dramatic connections from the city to harbour.