IN WITH THE BOLD, OUT WITH BORING BOXES
BY Zoe Phoon Bloom Images. Courtesy of Hassell.
Some say Australia’s Sydney has too many boring buildings. Then again, isn’t that also true of some other global cities with mundane skylines dominated by buildings with unimaginative architecture?
Well, The Ribbon that’s to become the new gateway to the western end of Sydney CBD certainly has a bold design, not boring boxes.
One Sydneysider has criticised the original design for its form, height and monolithic façade.
Another resident commented that the renderings showed an obese whale that has somehow jumped out of the harbour.
Since then, Hassell architects had made changes and The Ribbon was reconfigured.
Recently, it unveiled the design of this striking new building to be located along Sydney’s Darling Harbour.
According to the multi-disciplinary architecture, design and urban practice with offices Down Under, China, Singapore, Thailand, the UK and the US, the A$700 million mixed-use development will rise between two elevated highways connecting visitors between the city and the waterfront.
The Ribbon is envisaged as a new entertainment hub offering a 400-room five-star hotel, serviced apartments, 1,800sq m of retail stores and abundant recreational spaces along with office floors.
The building will envelop an existing IMAX theatre onsite, thus improving access and creating new public spaces at the ground level.
The building will also improve sightlines over the harbour and create pedestrian links across Cockle Bay to Darling Quarter.
In total, the development will add 10,000sq m of public spaces to the waterfront.
The Ribbon when completed will become a key node of Sydney’s harbour precincts, connecting the new Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct with the Barangaroo development.
Piling works have begun and the sweeping entertainment development is expected to open in 2020.
The Ribbon is named for its undulating form that rises through two elevated highways on Sydney’s Darling Harbour.
Located in the heart of Darling Harbour, it will create a spectacular waterfront experience together with upgrades to the surrounding public realm.