Barangaroo Rising

By Lew Sichelman
Published: August 23, 2012
Urban Land

From behind the construction barricades as well as from the 21st floor of a nearby office tower, it looks at first as if men in funny hats are playing on the rocks at the entrance to Sydney’s acclaimed Darling Harbour. But upon closer inspection, the headgear can be made out as hard hats, and the rocks are actually giants slabs of sandstone.

But they are playing, toying with the reclaimed rock, trying to figure out how best to duplicate the entryway to Sydney’s Darling Harbour that was here centuries ago, before European colonization of what is now Australia’s largest city. No unnatural seawalls will be built—just gently cascading rows of rock on the northern and upper slopes, and steeper sandstone steps on the western and southern sides of the point.

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