Creation of a new harbor edge is, in my opinion, the most significant outcome of the Barangaroo Headland project. The stepped sandstone blocks, which have been quarried from the site, establish a relationship between water and foreshore that is fundamentally different to the vertical sea walls that typically form the urban edge of Sydney Harbour.
The stepped sandstone blocks allow you to get to the water edge where all of your senses are engaged. Waves lapping against the blocks engage the senses of sight and sound. The constant movement of waves and water surface of the Harbour creates a dynamic and constantly changing visual experience. Stepping over and sitting on the sandstone
blocksprovides a very tactile experience that is enhanced by the different surface texture of each block. The distinctive smell of saltwater is generated by the waves impacting against the sandstone blocks. This constantly changing and multi-sensual experience is both poetic and memorable.