Pier Pavilion Design Competition

Infrastructure NSW is currently running a two-stage design competition for the new Pavilion, to be located at Watermans Cove.

The Stage 2 finalists have now been shortlisted.

Thank you to everyone who entered their designs for Stage One. We had really strong interest from the Australian architecture community and received over 170 designs which were exemplars of design excellence, responding to this unique harbour side location in Barangaroo.

After careful review and deliberation, the jury has shortlisted the top five entries and we are pleased to announce the following finalists:

Entry #106 - Jessica Spresser (SPRESSER), Brisbane

Entry #238 - John Bohane and Luke Pigliacampo, Sydney

Entry #243 - Mitchell Thompson (Retallack Thompson), Sydney

Entry #257 - Amy Muir (MUIR Architecture + OPENWORK + Sarah Lynn Rees), Melbourne

Entry #264 - Neil Durbach (Durbach Block Jaggers), Sydney

The finalists will now refine and develop their designs for the Pier Pavilion during Stage 2 of the competition.

The winner of the competition will be announced later this year.

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


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 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


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