Architectural firm Woods Bagot, in collaboration with Scape NYC, has been shortlisted to develop the $6bn ($6.2bn) Barangaroo Central Masterplan project in Sydney, Australia.
Woods Bagot is one of the five teams selected by the Barangaroo Development Authority on behalf of the New South Wales Government, which received more than 60 submissions from firms across the world, including OMA, Zaha Hadid and Perkins+Will.
The other shortlisted teams include Bjarke Ingels Group and Hassell; UN Studio, LAB architecture studio, NH Architecture, Imelk; Sasaki Associates, Diller Scofidio Renfro; Jackson Teece ; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Andersen Hunter Horne.
The authority aims to select an architecture team by the middle of December 2012 to start master planning work in the first quarter of 2013.
Located on the western edge of Sydney’s CBD, the 22ha former container port will be transformed into a new extension of the city.
Upon completion, Barangaroo will feature a new 6ha landscaped headland park, public waterfront walks and parks, shops, cafes and restaurants, commercial office towers and apartments.
More than half of Barangaroo will have open space and the entire district will be planted with native bushland and flanked by sandstone ledges and tidal pools.
Barangaroo Central will be a key destination of the new district, linking the headland park, Barangaroo South and the Millers Point precinct.
In December 2009, the authority selected property firm Lend Lease as the preferred developer for Barangaroo South.
Lend Lease will transform 7.5ha of a former container port on the western rim of Sydney into a residential, shopping and business centre.
Lend Lease had started work on the redevelopment project in 2011 and plans to create a new financial hub for the city.
The development will include a park along the Sydney harbour, offices, a ferry terminal and a hotel, as well as outdoor areas to host public events.
After completion, Barangaroo will house over 23,000 workers and residents, and attract 33,000 visitors a day or 12 million visitors per year.
Image: After completion, Barangaroo will feature a new 6ha landscaped headland park, public waterfront walks and parks, shops, cafes and restaurants, and commercial office towers. Photo: courtesy of Woods Bagot.