First Nations design unveiled for Harbour Park at Barangaroo, NSW

First Nations-led and Sydney-based design team AKIN’s vision for the park features nature play for all ages and abilities, an event lawn for hosting community and cultural events with up to 6000 people, public art installations, winding pathways to explore, extensive native planting and interactive water features.

The awe-inspiring design honours the long and deep First Nations history of the Gadigal, while leaving a legacy for the future. It showcases First Nations design methodologies to create a place that is rich in culture and deeply connected to Country.

Harbour Park will be a drawcard for tourists and Sydneysiders alike. The design complements the naturalistic headland of Barangaroo Reserve and the urban environment of Barangaroo South and is set to be a feature along the 14-kilometre continuous harbourside walk from Glebe to Woolloomooloo.

An open design competition was held to attract the best designers from Australia and around the world. A jury chaired by former Prime Minister, the Hon. Paul Keating and comprising leading figures from the local and international design community selected the winner out of five finalists.
The AKIN team is comprised of Yerrabingin, Architectus, Jacob Nash Studio, Studio Chris Fox and Flying Fish Blue, with Arup as engineering consultants.

Now the winning design has been selected, the team will consult with the community to refine and finalise the design and begin planning and procurement processes. Key features of AKIN’s design for Harbour Park include:

* A timeless landscape with extensive planting, canopy cover, waterways and ponds nature play for all ages and abilities, with shallow-water pools, interactive water features, meandering pathways, toilets and a kiosk
* A series of significant public artworks that will be places of exploration, play, education, shade and celebration
* A large event lawn at the northern end of the site for community and cultural events and ceremonies, capable of hosting up to 6000 people.

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