Sydney Harbour Wharves UpgradeCircular Quay Upgrades
The proposed changes to the Circular Quay Ferry Wharves aim to reduce the existing visual clutter and to provide passengers with improved legibility, weather protection, natural light and connection to the harbour. The overall architectural expression is defined by a series of angled and overlapping roof forms that float above the existing steel trusses. The roofs have a translucent central spine that filters natural light onto the wharf platform during the day and glows at night extending ‘fingers of light’ into the harbour.
The proposed upgrades consolidate the built zone in the centre of the fixed wharf allowing passengers to circulate along the edge of the wharf and enjoy expansive harbour views. In addition passenger movements on the wharf are able to be viewed from the Circular Quay concourse.
The end of the floating pontoon has been modified to accommodate a sheltered waiting area that allows passengers to sit and enjoy the harbour views. Curved glass screens and automated sliding doors shelter the waiting area from cool southerly winds. The ends have been curved to respond to the nautical context and reinforce the panoramic nature of the views.
Thames Street Ferry Wharf, Balmain
The Thames Street Ferry Wharf will provide new commuter facilities while integrating heritage listed structures. The design concept maintains the heritage significance and integrity of the original heritage wharf by being a clearly detached contemporary addition.
The proposed new facilities consist of a covered waiting and café area located on an elevated platform at the end of an immediately adjacent to the existing straight jetty. The café/waiting platform is designed as a pontoon allowing it to float above the level of the existing jetty during a king tide. The waiting area is located at the North Eastern end of the platform to maximise views of the harbour and approaching ferries with a wind screen to the south to protect commuters from the cool southerly winds. The café kiosk will provide food and drinks for commuters and neighbourhood residents with café tables and chairs able to be accommodated along the western edge of the platform overlooking Mort Bay and the park.
A 14m long gangway ramp connects the jetty to the linear boarding pontoon with a ramp orientated to allow for ferryaccess on one side and recreational boat access on the other.