LAVA's concept for the rejuvenation of Garden Island in Sydney sees nineteenth century heritage buildings reimagined as cultural facilities and new residential and recreational buildings inspired by the natural forms of Sydney Harbour.
The ideas for the harbour location in Sydney turn a previously inaccessible headland into a cultural, leisure, and community destination.
LAVA was commissioned to explore how the area could evolve in future decades when current Navy uses are relocated.
The former dry-dock could be used for floating markets, harbour baths, theatre performances and boat shows, whilst a new residential precinct is inspired by the sweeping curves of Sydney Harbour with all its wonderful bays and beaches and sandstone headlands.
Another feature fulfills a proposal by Australia’s first Government Architect, Francis Greenway, for a pyramid to be constructed on Garden Island – a structure to house events and functions.
The new buildings make a departure from the traditional vertical apartment box model. Instead it is coneieved as a green and sustainable, airy tower landscape, with roof terraces, balconies, swimming pools and community facilities.
The creation of a new city precinct on the waterfront returns Garden Island to garden with green technology and naturally cooling buildings.