Sir David Chipperfield to design Aqualand's Barangaroo central project

Developer Aqualand has appointed Sir David Chipperfield as the architect to design their Barangaroo Central project

Sir David Chipperfield to design Aqualand's Barangaroo central project
Sir David Chipperfield to design Aqualand's Barangaroo central project

Developer Aqualand has commissioned UK architect, Sir David Chipperfield, to design its Barangaroo Central project.

It is the British architect's first commission in Australia for the firm, David Chipperfield Architects, which was founded in 1984. 

It is the final project site within Barangaroo.

Designed to act as a "bridge" between the headland park and the more intensively developed commercial district, Central Barangaroo is the lower density final stage of the NSW government's $8.7 billion Barangaroo urban renewal project.

Sir David Chipperfield to design Aqualand's Barangaroo central project

"We want to make an architectural project which belongs there, enjoys its site and climate, and we'll endeavour to make a building that seems to be right for the site," Chipperfield told The Australian Financial Review Magazine. 

The buildings will include an apartment tower, offices, and retail.

The apartment tower will be capped at 19 storeys.

Barangaroo Central, perched above a new metro station, will also have entertainment and civic venues, and high-end retail stores. 

Local architectural practices Durbach Block Jaggers, Smart Studio Design and John Wardle Architects are also involved in the project within close proximity of the historic Millers Point and Observatory Hill. 

Rod McCoy, Aqualand's Central Barangaroo development director, said he approached Chipperfield because of his buildings' "timeless elegance" and "understated sophistication".

Chipperfield undertook the refurbishment of the Neues Museum in Berlin. 

It has offices in London, Berlin, Milan and Shanghai.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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