Nineteenth century heritage buildings are reimagined as cultural facilities, colonial architect Francis Greenway’s vision for a pyramid is fulfilled and new residential and recreational buildings are inspired by the natural forms of Sydney Harbour, under a concept developed for Garden Island.
LAVA’s ideas for the harbour location in Sydney turn a previously inaccessible headland into a cultural, leisure, and community destination.
LAVA was commissioned to explore how the area could evolve in future decades as Navy uses are relocated by the Urban Task Force, in response to a report on the future of Garden Island.
The former dry-dock could be used for floating markets, harbour baths, theatre performances and boat shows, whilst a new residential precinct is inspired by the sweeping curves of Sydney Harbour with all its wonderful bays and beaches and sandstone headlands.
Another feature fulfills a proposal by Australia’s first Government Architect, Francis Greenway, for a pyramid to be constructed on Garden Island – a structure to house events and functions.
The new buildings make a departure from the traditional vertical apartment box model, to a green and sustainable, airy tower landscape, with roof terraces, balconies, swimming pools and community facilities.
The creation of a new city precinct on the waterfront returns Garden Island to garden with green technology and naturally cooling buildings.