The finalists have been announced for the Harbour Competition. This ain’t one of them.
My entry presented an urban strategy rather than an architectural solution. It acknowledged the significance of the site through a singular urban intervention.
The proposal was to cut a new fingerwharf out of the site creating a public park 50% larger than the brief called for. Buildings were placed along the edges of these waterways at a consistent height that matched the height of the adjacent sandstone cutting.
Sydney is a contained city – the CBD is held in place along its edges by the harbour, its parks and arterial roads. It is not a gridded city, it has edges and this scheme builds on this urban morphology.