The Design for Gateway 21 proposed shifting the built element into the middle of what is a typical ‘spaghetti junction’ of freeways and overpasses. The development would embrace the dynamism of the location while allowing the parkland site to remain as a parkland; a counterpoint to the new development.
A built envelope in the form of a cylinder was dropped into the middle of the freeway site. The roadways themselves were then subtracted from this envelope as were view corridors and pedestrian connections. This approach defined a series of towers, with differing heights and proportions that all hugged the existing infrastructure like a node that redirects the flow of energy along a circuit. This urban node becomes a physical Gateway into the City.
Location: Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW, Australia 33°52’24.43″S, 151°12’7.93″E
Architects in association: Lacoste+Stevenson and MVRDV
Design team: Thierry Lacoste, David Stevenson, Winy Mass, Beth Hughes, Andrew Noonan
Photography / images: Lacoste+Stevenson Architects