Pier Pavilion Design Competition

Infrastructure NSW is inviting registered Australian architects to participate in a design competition for the new Pavilion, to be located at Watermans Cove.

The national design competition is now open

Stage 1 of the competition is now open. The Competition Brief, Conditions and attachments are available for everyone to download here.

The first stage of the competition is anonymous and open to all registered Australian architects. The designs will be assessed by a professional jury.

Entries are due via email to registrar@infrastructure.nsw.gov.au by 11.00am, 6 August 2020, Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Entrants will have the opportunity to ask questions which will be regularly responded to. All correspondence during the competition must be sent to registrar@infrastructure.nsw.gov.au. All Questions and Answers will be recorded here.

The competition jury, comprising of leading figures from the Australian architectural community, will shortlist up to five entrants from Stage 1 to develop their designs in Stage 2. The shortlisted finalists will be paid $50,000 for their participation.

The winner of the competition will have the opportunity to follow the project through to construction and bring their idea to life.

Competition jury members

  • Robert Nation AM, Barangaroo Design Advisor
  • Bridget Smyth, 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


Located at Watermans Cove, the Pier Pavilion will be an extension of Wulugul Walk, featuring on the iconic 14 kilometre harbour foreshore walk stretching from Woolloomooloo to Glebe.

It is envisaged that the Pier Pavilion will become an engaging and comfortable place for everyone to enjoy and use. It will be flexible to accommodate a broad range of programmed events and activations as well as offering a protected space for the public to gather and relax.

The competition jury are looking for design ideas that embrace Barangaroo’s commitment to design excellence, world-class public spaces and sustainability.

This competition is a rare opportunity for Australian architects to contribute to the iconic Sydney harbour and develop an exciting physical contribution to the world-class architecture of Barangaroo.

Watermans Cove construction progress, April 2020
Watermans Cove construction progress, June 2020


Hickson Park and Watermans Cove

The final section of Barangaroo South is known as Stage 1B and includes the proposed Hickson Park, a new Harbour cove and three buildings designed by Renzo Piano.


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