Top-tier local and international architecture firms have been invited to compete for the design of One Sydney Park, a mixed-use project set to be Sydney’s first inner-city residential development to connect to a large-scale park environment.

After receiving DA approval for a Stage 1 Masterplan, developer HPG invited four architectural teams to make design submissions. The successful design will be erected within Sydney Park, a nature reserve within the Sydney suburb of Alexandria that contains 44 hectares of park and wetlands.

“The City of Sydney’s Planning Department has described [the] site as ‘potentially one of the most important sites in Sydney’. As such, we see that engaging some of the world’s most awarded and talented designers is warranted,” says Dr Adrian Liu, HPG’s managing director.

“We’ve invited architects who we believe will provide design solutions that will celebrate the site’s unique position directly bordering the landscape-designed Sydney Park to ensure the very best design outcome is achieved for residents and the local community. This is a site of great profile for Sydney and comparable to other uniquely positioned iconic projects.”

Once complete, One Sydney Park will be Sydney’s only inner-city residential community to connect to a large-scale park environment. The development will include 1,300-square-metres of mixed-use retail and approximately 400 apartments over eight levels. HPG says that, to capitalise on three park-facing frontages, they will be looking for permeable and sensitive designs that allow the parkland to interact with the open spaces, façades and rooftops.

“As this is our first project in Australia, it is imperative to us that we respect the amazing location we have selected by incorporating a sensitive design that complements the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape without imposing the built forms that will comprise One Sydney Park,” says Liu.

The four teams invited to select design submissions are:

  • Architectus (architecture) and Turf Design Studio (landscape design)
  • London’s Make Architects (architecture) and ASPECT Studios (landscape design)
  • Woods Bagot (architecture) and McGregor Coxall (landscape design)
  • MHNDUnion and Silvester Fuller (architecture) and Sue Barnsley Design (landscape design)