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Architectus part of AKIN team set to design Barangaroo Harbour Park

Architectus is part of the First Nations-led design team AKIN – winners of the national Barangaroo Harbour Park Design Competition, a project that will transform a prime stretch of Sydney’s waterfront into vital open space. The team is made up of Yerrabingin, Architectus, Jacob Nash Design, Studio Chris Fox, and Flying Fish Blue, with Arup as engineering consultants.

Working alongside Infrastructure NSW, our creative collective of leading thinkers and designers is set to reshape 1.85 hectares of reclaimed land in the heart of Central Barangaroo, the last section of the broader 22-hectare precinct to be developed.

Yerrabingin founder and CEO, Christian Hampson, who is orchestrating AKIN’s design themes, said: “We are honoured to be part of such a defining public project, and also humbled to be given the permission to dream. For us, this is much more than a park – it’s a place to celebrate an enduring culture and to move with Country, acknowledging and experiencing our collective past and present while dreaming of our future.”

“Our design is a new chapter connected to the most ancient of stories, carved in the sandstone of Sydney, the story of Country and of us, its people. We hope this new chapter inspires all our young people, fanning the embers inside them into a fire as the future artists, architects, designers, and engineers of our cities and our nation.”

Luke Johnson, Architectus Principal said: “We are fortunate to be part of such a visionary team and concept. Barangaroo Harbour Park will generate for Sydney a public place like no other. A city-scaled platform positioned on the Harbour’s edge, where a Country-led, layered landscape will positively contribute to a deeper understanding of First Nations people, culture, and knowledge.”

First Nations-led design

Named after the Cammeraygal woman and influential leader of the Eora Nation, Barangaroo has more than 7,000 years of history and stories to tell. The land’s Traditional Custodians, the Gadigal, used the area for hunting, fishing, canoeing, and swimming, while its foreshore was a gathering place. The Country-led design is deeply rooted in a rich heritage, weaving together the threads of landscape, art, and architecture to create a place of connection, reconciliation, and regeneration.

Country-centred design initiatives will support regenerative ecology and natural systems, drawing insects, birds, and other fauna. A landscape of local, native plantings will speak directly of place, with tree species such as Sydney Red Gum, Casuarina and Cabbage Tree Palm featuring prominently, along with a variety of endemic grasses.

Water will also play a vital role in the new parkland, with runoff collected and filtered through the landscape before being returned to the Harbour in better condition.

The design incorporates significant public artworks revolving around the natural elements of water, wind, and moon, referred to as ‘vessels’ by AKIN. The elements all have special significance in Indigenous knowledge systems.

Read more about the Barangaroo Harbour Park project.