New Pier Pavilion

The Pier Pavilion on the edge of Watermans Cove will be a place where people can meet, gather and relax by the water, or enjoy a range of programmed events. 

A national design competition in 2020 received more than 170 entries from architects from across Australia.  

The winning design is by architects Jessica Spresser and Peter Besley. Celebrating land, sea and sky, Pier Pavilion will add yet another iconic landmark to Barangaroo’s renewed foreshore.

Infrastructure NSW’s development application for Pier Pavilion was approved on 7 July 2022. The planning documentation submitted to the City of Sydney can be accessed here.

We will continue to update the community as we bring the Pier Pavilion to life.


Jessica Spresser’s studio SPRESSER engages with built and speculative architectural work, object design and fine art. She has practiced in London, Tokyo and Venice, including with the internationally recognised architects JunyaIshigami, Kengo Kuma and Anupama Kundoo.  

Peter Besley is an architect based in London and Brisbane. He co-founded Assemblage and taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Peter led the design and execution of many high-profile competitions and projects the winning $1 billion Iraq Parliament design and £70 million Design District in London UK.  

About the competition jury

A competition jury comprising of leading figures in the Australian architectural community selected the five finalists and competition winner. 

Competition jury members: 

  • Robert Nation AM, Barangaroo Design Advisor 
  • Bridget Smyth, City Architect / Design Director, City of Sydney 
  • Abbie Galvin, New South Wales Government Architect 
  • Peter Poulet, Professor of Practice (Architecture), Western Sydney University 
  • Kim Crestani, City Architect, City of Parramatta 

View the Pier Pavilion Design Competition Jury Report and all design competition entries in the resource centre. 

All images of the Pavilion design are copyright of SPRESSER, Peter Besley. 

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.


Design Excellence

The mix of architecture at Barangaroo draws from the talent of seasoned and upcoming local and international designers and a dedication to design excellence.

Public spaces

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