Construction work has begun on a US$5.4bn scheme in Sydney by Rogers Stirks Harbour + Partners, which was dubbed “the worst of Dubai”.
The start of construction on Barangaroo was signalled by New South Wales premier Barry O’Farrell, who stated the project is “as historic as the laying of the first stone on the Sydney Harbour Bridge”.
Barangaroo will transform the now defunct container wharves in East Darling Harbour to accommodate 23,000 workers and 800 apartments.
The Dubai comparison was made by architect Philip Thalis, who won the original design competition for Barangaroo. His comment of “the worst of Dubai ‘look at me’ architecture” was a reference to Rogers’ design of a 213-metre hotel.
The first commercial tower is expected to open in 2015.