THE ROPE WALK
Location: Green Square
Client: City of Sydney
Project dates: 2014
The City of Sydney commissioned Gallagher Studio to prepare a concept landscape plan for the Rope Walk, a new open space in the Lachlan neighbourhood, part of the southern renewal area in the City of Sydney.
This area is undergoing rapid transition, from low scale industrial uses to medium density residential development. The brief was to assess the most appropriate design solution that could work with the approved buildings surrounding the park. The design solution had to also consider the interface with an existing section of park to the north.
The concept design provides a multi-use park that can cater for the rapidly increasing population and changing demographic mix. Existing and future solar access in the park, was assessed alongside topography, pedestrian and cycle connections and the future built form interface. From this a structure was developed based on a series of park zones, connected by two north south paths that connect the length of the park.
The structure of the park, with a series of interwoven rooms that provide a sense of exploration and visual diversity, amplify residents sense of the green and provide a range of spaces to enjoy. The park rooms provide passive and more active spaces for people of all ages. Key components include a children’s “knot” playground, a generous lawn or village green in the south, seasonal and water treatment gardens with seating areas for reading and enjoyment.