Central Barangaroo Cultural Strategy

Central Barangaroo will be the civic heart of the Barangaroo development, which is situated on the shores of Sydney Harbour, connected to the CBD via the historic inner-city neighbourhoods of Millers Point, Dawes Point, and The Rocks. Positioned between the commercial centre at Barangaroo South, and the reconstructed headland at Barangaroo Headland Park, Central Barangaroo “will combine civic and cultural attractions with recreational, residential, retail and commercial uses as well as a harbour front public domain to deliver an exciting and unique range of public and cultural activities stimulating all those who experience it” (Barangaroo Delivery Authority).

As a collaborative, agile bid team, we worked to evolve a responsive and inventive solution to meet (and exceed!) the brief. The team undertook extensive research, modelling, and analysis, looking at worldwide trends in culture and the creative economy, and the intersection between art and place activation. In concert with our architectural teams, our ideas were workshopped to understand the potential of the space available at Central Barangaroo, and how it could interact with the surrounding areas of Sydney to form a truly unique proposition.

The work produced a insightful city-making strategy to create and nurture Sydney’s next civic and cultural district, and form a vital connective piece of the City of Sydney’s ‘cultural ribbon’, while also taking into account the fast-evolving arts district at Walsh Bay (home to the Sydney Theatre Company, the Sydney Writers Festival, and the Sydney Dance Company), and the popular entertainment and tourist hub at Darling Harbour (home to the Sydney Aquarium and National Maritime Museum).