The City of Sydney recently featured the New Century Garden in video showcasing the upgrades currently being carried out across the Chinatown precinct.
After several months of civil works the first sections of the combined street upgrade and public artwork are being installed at the Thomas & Hay Street project in Haymarket.
The design is being realised with installation of the first sawn bluestone boulders and paving setts. We eagerly await the arrival of the cup floating rock and bronze scholar rocks that will fully realise the scheme.
Reconciliation park is the second to be completed as part of the Stage 11 Three Parks Upgrade project for the City of Sydney.
The project involved extensive community and children’s consultation to develop a design that would meet the needs of this diverse inner city neighbourhood.
The playground includes a custom designed tree house, play terraces and a combination of balance, swing and climbing structures.
In addition to the new playground, upgrades included recycled brick paving and paths, a rain garden with extensive native planting and space for a future community garden.
We have had the pleasure of working on this site for three years and while our role was completed in mid 2013 the site continues to evolve and change. JILA, together with Jonathan Temple (Architect), David Harris (Australian Bushland Restoration), Danny Smith (Builders) and Bates Landscapes, implemented a design based on minimal site impact. Softworks were undertaken with a program for seed collection and transplanting from site, use of endemic species and reuse of the site topsoil seed banks. Hardworks involved the experimental use of sandstone ‘roughbacks’ as terrace walls and waste stone offcuts for paving, requiring complex choreography on-site.
revegetation through seed collection, propagation and transplanting from site
expanded dam – works to improve and naturalise edge
sandstone ‘roughbacks’ establish 3 terraces down to the pool
hand selected bluestone and granite stoneyard waste forms a patchwork paving between buildings
Photography by JILA