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The Cutaway Project

The Cutaway is a unique cultural venue that sits below the eastern end of Barangaroo Reserve. It is situated on Sydney’s waterfront and on the doorstep of the new Sydney Metro at Barangaroo (to open in 2024).

The Cutaway is meticulously constructed and features an enormous sandstone wall that opens to the sky. When the Cutaway was opened in 2015, it was always envisaged further fitout works would be required to complete the space.

We have commenced work to design and deliver a bespoke fitout of the Cutaway that will resolve current limitations and restrictions on use including a lack of acoustic enclosures, on-site amenities and smaller venue spaces. These fitout works will turn the Cutaway into one of Sydney’s premier cultural facilities and a preferred venue for events, exhibitions, festivals, and installations.


FJMT Studio is the project architect and has prepared a concept design that will define a new character and identity for the Cutaway, while maintaining the scale, flexibility and diversity of the space. The concept design spans three levels and includes:

  • Pre-function spaces
  • A temporary gallery space
  • Education space
  • Back of house facilities and offices for staff.

Upgrades to acoustics at the venue will not only improve the experience for event patrons, but also reduce noise impacts on neighbours and the local community.

The concept design continues our commitment to recognising and celebrating First Nations people and culture, design excellence and high-quality architectural designs, and embedding sustainability initiatives  consistent with Barangaroo’s climate positive principles.


We would like to hear your thoughts on the concept design, and how we can transform the Cutaway into a world-class arts, events and performance venue. You can contact our team via email.

A State Significant Development Application is also being prepared and will be submitted later this year and placed on public exhibition for a formal submission process.

Artist impression of the Cutaway fitout concept design. Please credit Infrastructure NSW when using.


Building Barangaroo

Barangaroo is place-making in progress, an evolution of exceptional infrastructure, design and architecture, public spaces, and experiences.

Barangaroo Reserve

Barangaroo Reserve recreates a headland that existed before European arrival in Sydney – a place used by First Nations people for thousands of years. This re-imagining required a process of restoration, creation and construction.