Architect: Choi Ropiha Fighera Location: Ballast Point Park, Birchgrove, NSW, Australia Client: Sydney Harbour Foreshore Structure Floor Area: 460 sqm Completion: 2009 Photographs: Brett Boardman BallastPointParkis located on a prominent headland overlookingSydneyHarbour. A former Caltex lubricant and oil storage facility, it sits at the tip of the suburb of Bichgrove inSydney’s inner west. The restoration of Ballast Point to a new public harbour-side park, reveals and draws interest from the history of the site by retaining the cliff faces where ballast was once quarried by the early settlers, as well as retaining the footprints of the storage drums which previously occupied the site. The challenge was to establish an appropriate design language that responded to the site’s history and past abuses whilst celebrating this new layer to its story. Our strategy addresses these issues by retaining selective components of past layers within a composition of recycled materials and finely crafted detailing underpinned by ESD principles, to create a park that speaks of the future.
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