Skyscrapers are by-products of the urban parameters subjected on them; both physical in terms of providing maximum density within a limited footprint and symbolically as they represent the phallic, prestige and capitalist success. Typically, this constitutes a homogenous building experience.
Diversity and richness within the Sydney city landscape is not signified by the corporate tower buildings, but rather by the population and their interaction with, and use of the urban landscape. These pockets of art, culture and activity, become a springboard for new tower design.
The environmental constraints on the Barrangaroo tower are very different to the Sydney city framework; there is no existing typology or maximum footprint constraint but rather a provision of vast open space, a unique threshold and competing user groups. However, the current proposed tower design conforms to present-day skyscraper typology. The building seeks recognition through the use of the syntax of height competing with the Centre point Tower as the spire of the urban skyline, however this is not encompassing the inherent qualities of the site, and does not provide a diverse, unique experience that could revolutionise this precinct.
The Barrangaroo precinct provides the opportunity for a new building typology, relating to the parameters of the unique site; horizontality, threshold and user group. The user group or client consists of tourists and professionals using the area for recreation. The tourist looks for the destination, observing the environment rather than engaging with it on the same level or frequency as the professional.
Question: How does the new tower engage with each user group successfully and provide the situation for diversity and dynamism usually not associated with skyscrapers but rather with the urban fabric and its inhabitants? (tower as micro-city/organism/self-sufficient object)
Homogeneity – current building typology/verticality
User – Journey, destination, linear, purposeful / non-linear, social/photographic journey
Opportunity (Site) – Barangaroo Precinct
Stimulation – all prior experimentation (Sketch up/Laser cutting)