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Paddington Reservoir Gardens
Oxford Street, Paddington, NSW, 2009
DESIGN Tonkin Zulaikha Greer with JMD Design and City of Sydney
AWARD 2010 The World Architecture News International Urban
Design Award; 2010 International Architecture Award, The Chicago
Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and
Urban Studies; 2010 AIA Award for Urban Design; 2010 AIA Award
for Heritage Architecture; 2010 AIA Awards (NSW) Lloyd Rees Award
for Urban Design; 2010 AIA Awards (NSW) Greenway Award for
Heritage; 2010 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Landscape
Architecture Medal; 2010 Energy Australia/National Trust Heritage Award
– A daptive Reuse (Corporate/Government); 2009 Planning Institute of
Australia, Australia Award for Urban Design; 2009 Australian Property
Institute, Officer of the Valuer General Heritage Award; 2009 Landscape
Architecture Medal, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects; 2009
Design Excellence Award, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.
THE BRIEF To create a high-quality urban park that enhanced
Paddington’s civic precinct, and a significant heritage refurbishment of the
reservoir interior with the potential for future adaptive reuse. Significant
restoration to the site included removal of a defunct service station, and
repair of existing colonnades, as well as integrating existing public spaces.
DESIGN PHILOSOPHY Reuse of a utilitarian heritage structure. It
advocates conservation over demolition, the clear distinction between new
and historic fabric and interpretation of significance. Heritage values are
celebrated and inform the design of new inter ventions. The project presents
a unique opportunity to interpret part of Sydney’s early heritage infrastructure,
while also creating an intriguing and engaging public open space.
REALISATION The strategy was to ‘build in’ as much interpretation as
possible, tapping into Sydney’s history. A cast-iron lid has been placed
over the former valve chamber that depicts part of the original drawing of
the pipe work connections. The petrol bowsers have been extruded and
become seats in their original location. Mounted along the edge of the park,
on the Oxford Street balustrade, is the timeline of the site to inform the
public of its stor y – many people had previously not known of its existence.
Tonkin Zulaikha Greer www.tzg.com.au.
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