East Darling Harbour


East Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW, Australia



Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority


Design Team

Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture

Hills Thallis Architecture + Urban Projects

Paul Berkemeier Architect



Final Stage Winner – International Design Ideas Competition 2005

Stage 1 of the East Darling Harbour Urban Design Competition was launched on 23 May 2005. A total of 137 entries were submitted by the closing date of 20 July 2005.

The winning scheme was grounded in a unique vision for ‘completing the western edge of the city’ by creating; a new civic boulevard connecting East Darling Harbour to Walsh Bay and King Street Wharf, a grand harbourside park along the entire length of the waterfront and a vibrant new commercial quarter integrated with the CBD.

The parklands celebrate a diverse range of experiences including a headland park at the northern tip of the site, neighbourhood parklands relating to the scale of the adjoining communities and an urban waterfront park anchoring the new commercial precinct. The new parklands incorporate innovative sustainability measures whilst providing a variety of spaces for a diverse range of uses.

Another key feature of the scheme is the way it reflects Sydney’s existing urban pattern by proposing built forms and massing for the site with a rich mixture of living and commercial spaces supported by a vibrant network of streets, squares, promenades and lanes.