Design excellence

The design excellence at Barangaroo is the result of significant planning and commitment, led by an outstanding team of design specialists.

Design excellence is a guiding principle for Barangaroo, as reflected in the exceptional buildings, landscape and public domain across the 22-hectare site. The role of design advisers to Infrastructure NSW is to ensure all parties involved in the project are committed to the pursuit of design excellence. The panel of design advisers brings the contributions of some of Australia's and the world's leading exponents of master planning, urban design, architecture and landscape architecture.

The establishment of a panel to guide all design decisions came out of the independent Sussex Penn Review in 2011, which outlined key design principles to guide the creation of the precinct’s development. The recommendations included:

  • engagement of an experienced design director
  • creation of a qualified design board
  • constitution of a Design Review Panel under NSW planning provisions to provide independent design excellence advice on significant planning applications as required.

The panel is led by Bob Nation AM and includes Keith Cottier of Allen Jack + Cottier, Karl Fender of Fender Katsalidis Architects, Oi Choong of Context, Kim Crestani of Order Architects, Isabelle Toland of Aileen Sage Architects and Dick Nugent of Conybeare Morrison

Bob Nation says: "Design excellence at Barangaroo means not only ensuring exceptional new buildings, but also delivering a fabulous public domain as an extension of the city on its western edge. It is also about taking this unique opportunity – and Barangaroo is unique because of its size, location, context and importance – and creating a dynamic urban precinct.

“At Barangaroo Reserve, the objective to reinstate the historic form of the site is a huge and positive contribution to the city of Sydney. The marking of the 1836 edge and the accompanying sandstone block geography is unique as a designed and built outcome because it references the natural phenomenon of Sydney Harbour headlands. And it does so beautifully, as its many accolades show.”

Following outstanding success in sustainability and aesthetics in the completed areas of Barangaroo, the next project will be Central Barangaroo, which will be steered by a master planning team of international and local professionals in the field of architecture and urban design.