Named for an influential Aboriginal woman of colonial Sydney, Barangaroo is a globally-significant, 22-hectare waterfront renewal project that redefines Sydney Harbour and its Central Business District. Barangaroo is made up of three precincts: Barangaroo South, a mix of office and residential; Barangaroo Central, a mixed-use/recreational space with large areas for programmed festivals and entertainment; and Barangaroo Reserve, a public park and cultural center – and the first phase in the new district to open.
Barangaroo Reserve re-creates “Millers Point” headland in its original location by transforming a concrete container port into a naturalistic park with over 75,000 plantings native to the Sydney region. Guided by historical maps and paintings, the design of the headland includes a foreshore of 10,000 sandstone blocks excavated directly from the site. Walking and bicycle pathways separated by the “1836 Wall” symbolically mark the original precolonial shoreline. Barangaroo Reserve is carbon-neutral, water-positive, and committed to creating zero waste. Selected as a Clinton Global Initiative, One Planet Living, and C40 Climate Positive development, the project recycled all existing materials onsite to form the headland. Hidden beneath the artificial headland, the “Cutaway” is a massive void formed through the sandstone excavation operations to host art exhibits, performances, and a future Aboriginal Cultural Center. Barangaroo Reserve transforms a huge expanse of empty concrete into humane, usable space, marking the transformation of an industrialized site into a modern reinvention of its more sustainable past.