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Paddington Reservoir Gardens

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Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, JMD Design
 
location Sydney
function garden, leisure, park
contributed by tzg

Listed as a site of State heritage significance, Paddington Reservoir was originally constructed in 1866, with water chambers below street level. A grassed park above opened in the 1930s. Decommissioned in 1899, the site was used as a garage until 1990 when roof collapses forced its closure. The concept for the Gardens was embodied in the existing artefact. An accessible sunken garden and pond, surrounded by a raised pre-cast concrete boardwalk, were inserted within the conserved ruin of the Western Chamber. The edges of the ruin are contained by concrete that amplifies the distinctive curves of the original brick vaults. The stabilised brickwork and reconstructed hardwood columns form the base for the new landscaped park above. Two lightweight roofs float above the Reservoir, signalling the main entry points. A restricted palette of 3 materials - steel, aluminium and concrete - were chosen as contemporary partners for the historic brick, cast iron and timber.

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Paddington Reservoir Gardens
Address
251-255 Oxford Street
Australia
Project is public!
Completion 3- 2009
Main designer, Architect, Interior architect, Urban plannerTonkin Zulaikha Greer
Landscape architectJMD Design
Client City of Sydney
 
Project ID 7636
Latitude/Longitude 33°53'07S 151°13'36E
Contributed by tzg
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