The R1 Building will be located in the south west corner of the Barangaroo South masterplan, which has been designed by lead architects Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, in conjunction with Lend Lease design.
Within Barangaroo South, the building is sited in a pivotal location, and acts to signal the entry to the Barangaroo precinct when approached from the pedestrian areas of King Street Wharf, Cockle Bay Wharf and Darling Harbour to the immediate south.
The building has been designed as a freestanding restaurant building and will act to link the lively restaurant strip of King Street wharf with the new restaurant, bar and retail offerings at Barangaroo.
Designed to suit the anticipated needs of a major international restauranteur, the building will offer a variety of spaces for casual and fine dining over multiple levels, with covered and open air dining at the pedestrian promenade level, raised terraces and a dramatic roof level terrace space.
Following a rigorous process of analysis and logistics review, a series of options were investigated in detail. The proposal takes inspiration from the movement towards organic and on-site farming of produce for use in the restaurant. On site production gives chefs the flexibility to experiment with produce, varieties, and recipes, creating a unique food offering that includes fresh ingredients harvested at the site, minimising the reliance on transport where possible, and reducing associated carbon emissions.
The design envisages a series of beautiful, flexible restaurant spaces, planned in and amongst planters and gardens which will grow herbs, vegetables, and fruit which can be used in the restaurant. Planters are located at each level of the structure in the form of perimeter edge garden bed.
The building form is reminiscent of a series of stacked bowls, characterised by their construction in Bamboo.
- Lend Lease
- McKenzie Group
- Warren Smith + Partners
- Aspect Oculus
- Phillip Michael Brown, Doug and Wolf