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Design Excellence

Barangaroo has established Design Excellence as a critical foundation in developing sustainable and exemplar architectural design. From its natural headland to its reinvigorated financial district, Barangaroo integrates a mix of master planning and functional, durable and beautiful forward-thinking design.

Master planning

The original 2005 concept plan for Barangaroo – produced by Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects (Australia), Paul Berkemeier Architects (Australia) and Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture (Australia) in 2005 – informed precinct-specific master plans from: 

  • Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners (Barangaroo South)
  • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (Central Barangaroo)
  • Peter Walker, FASLA, of PWP Landscape Architecture, in association with the Australian design practice Johnson Pilton Walker (Barangaroo Reserve).


Barangaroo attracts submissions from architects and designers from around Australia and around the world, illustrating its position as a globally recognised yet locally focused destination. The architecture is a masterclass in collaborative, sustainable, carbon-neutral design that considers people and place within a clear master plan.  

Barangaroo features some of the leading built form in Australia today:  

  • Alexander Building – PTW 
  • Anadara Building - FJMT 
  • Barangaroo Ferry Wharf – COX Architecture 
  • Barangaroo House – Collins and Turner 
  • Barangaroo Reserve – Peter Walker and Partners Landscape Architecture (PWP)  
  • Barangaroo South Public Domain 1A – Aspect Oculus 
  • Barangaroo South Public Domain 1B – Grant Associates 
  • Building R7 – Durbach Block Jaggers 
  • Crown Sydney – WilkinsonEyre 
  • Daramu House – Tzannes 
  • Hickson Park Amenities Building – Nobbs Radford
  • International House – Tzannes 
  • International Towers – Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners 
  • One Sydney Harbour – Renzo Piano Building Workshop 
  • Pier Pavilion – SPRESSER + Peter Besley 

Design Excellence Advisory Panel

Barangaroo’s Design Excellence Advisory Panel works with Infrastructure NSW to carefully manage projects and ensure the continued commitment to design excellence. 

Panel members are:  



Climate commitments and sustainability define how planning and design approaches shape the entire Barangaroo precinct. 

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Public spaces

At least 50% of Barangaroo is public open space that everyone can access. 


Art and Culture

Find out how consultation, sustainable funding and a commitment to art and culture embeds creativity and interest.


Pier Pavilion Design Unveiled

The winning design by Jessica Spresser (SPRESSER) + Peter Besley celebrates the natural elements of land, sea and sky that compose the site.