Barangaroo South returns a previously inaccessible stretch of harbour foreshore back to public use. It extends the city grid into an intimate network of streets and laneways, where pedestrians are prioritised, and each street and laneway offers a distinctive urban environment.
The master plan for the precinct was prepared by ASPECT|OCULUS in collaboration with Rogers Stirk Harbour and Lendlease, with ASPECT|OCULUS delivering the implementation of the public realm.
Amid the density of Barangaroo South, more than 50% of its 7.5-hectare site is dedicated to public open space, demonstrating how density can also deliver amenity. This includes Barangaroo’s 2.2-kilometre Waterfront Promenade, which extends Sydney’s cultural ribbon and completes the 14-kilometre public foreshore walks, adding to the Sydney experience as a great harbour city. Along this route is a series of harbourside experiences, including family-oriented open spaces, active recreational areas, transport nodes, retail, popup and permanent artworks, and busy alfresco dining districts.
The design for the public realm references the site’s industrial heritage and Sydney urban streetscape into a distinctive palette for the streets of Barangaroo South. Public domain wi-fi ensures Barangaroo South is globally connected while Australia’s largest public arts program brings local stories of Barangaroo’s Indigenous and industrial history into the urban fabric and culture of the precinct.
The project brings the vision of a connected, sustainable and innovative Sydney to reality. It demonstrates the re-emergence of the street as the place where public life can flourish.