The Rocks Refresh

A Public Realm Study

Client: Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority
Status: Complete 2014

Team with Taylor Cullity Lethlean & Gehl Architects

The Rocks is located on the western side of Sydney Cove, where European settlers first stepped ashore in 1788. It became the birthplace of modern Sydney. The Rocks today is characterised by intimate walkways, heritage architecture, and curious places to stop and explore. The Rocks has a distinct identity as a village like haven nestled into a rocky promontory surrounded by the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Cahill Expressway. It has seen many changes over the decades and is now in need of a refresh with an emphasis on the public realm experience. The intent of the study is to provide a compelling vision for the future public spaces of the Rocks as well as guidance on the process of progressive transformation.  The study commenced with a detailed precinct mapping of The Rocks which then informed a series of themes and public realm strategies, concluding with several illustrated catalyst projects.