Sydney architecture firm Collins and Turner has won a design competition for its inspiring bamboo building concept for Barangaroo South.

Collins and Turner’s winning entry, a low-rise hospitality building, is visually striking with its exterior clad in bamboo with a structural design that resembles stacked bamboo bowls.

The judges praised Collins and Turner for its artistic design and “well-researched, well-organised and flexible approach.”

The announcement was made by Lend Lease’s Barangaroo South managing director Andrew Wilson this week.

“Our commitment to design excellence includes not only working with internationally renowned architectural practices but also identifying and supporting emerging local firms,” he said.

The design competition ran for two months and was launched by Barangaroo South developers Lend Lease along with the Barangaroo Delivery Authority and the City of Sydney. It invited 15 emerging NSW architectural firms to submit ‘Expressions of Interest’ for the proposed building.

Collins and Turner’s concept was chosen from a shortlist of six firms selected to enter that included other up and coming firms, Draw, Lacoste + Stevenson, LAVA, SCALE Architecture and Silvester Fuller.

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“Collins and Turner submitted an exciting, stylish concept that makes a strong visual statement and confidently holds its own among the other world-class designs at Barangaroo,” Wilson said of the bamboo concept. “We were also impressed that Collins and Turner ensured the restaurant and bar customers will be able to thoroughly enjoy the vibrancy and the views of the Sydney Harbour waterfront.”

The building will be located on the waterfront promenade at Barangaroo South with its key features to include a beautiful rooftop terrace along with several spaces for outdoor dining.

Huw Turner, who started up Collins and Turner with fellow architect Penny Collins, said the firm is “thrilled to now be part of such a transformational project as Barangaroo South.”

Collins and Turner’s entry was selected by an industry judging panel that included Lend Lease team members, a Barangaroo Delivery Authority representative and Ivan Harbour of Barangaroo South master planners Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners.

The Arbour, an entry submitted into the competition by SCALE Architecture, received a High Commendation from the judges, who called it a “delightful proposal.”

The Arbour High Commendation

The Arbour, High Commendation

The Arbour concept demonstrated two timber table forms which connect to create a floating rectilinear space. The entry prompted the judging panel to recommend that SCALE and its director Matt Chan be offered an opportunity to work on public realm elements at Barangaroo.

The competition aligns with Lend Lease’s Design Excellence Strategy for Barangaroo South as part of the $6 billion transformation of the former port area. The western CBD area of Barangaroo South will see its 7.5 hectares developed into mixed-use spaces including commercial, residential, retail and dining areas along with a new iconic hotel and more than 2.9 hectares of public space.

Collins and Turner’s design will be submitted to the Barangaroo Delivery Authority for approval under the Development Agreement prior to being submitted to the NSW Department of Planning as part of the statutory planning process.