The transformation of Sydney’s Walsh Bay from derelict wharves and sheds into a prestigious residential complex provided a stage for Australian innovation in design and technology, including some of the finest examples of stainless steel structural and architectural applications.
According to the developers Walsh Bay Partnership (WBP), a joint venture between Mirvac and Transfield “the redevelopment captures and exceptional balance between Walsh Bay’s rich heritage, sympathetic contemporary design and the vision to revitalise Walsh Bay as Australia’s finest new residential address.”
WBP was formed in 1997 to undertake restoration, with an emphasis on conservation strategies such as salvaging the old hardwood timbers and historical artefacts. Over 80 percent of the original buildings are being retained and the style of new construction is required to evoke and interpret Walsh Bay’s rich heritage. Preserving its historic appeal, unique operable louvres which mimic the original timber planks face the 200m long refurbished pier. Designed by Architectural Glass Projects , these are made from aluminium and supported by grade 316 stainless steel brackets. The louvres pivot on stainless steel supports, allowing them to withstand windw up to 130 kph. As a safety measure, they close automatically if the weather worsens.
To take best advantage of the Sydney Harbour location, a marina with private boat moorings accessible from ground-level apartments runs along both sides of the pier and features stainless steel steps, gates and balustrades.
Source: Building Products News.