Walsh Bay Arts Precinct
Restored heritage wharves that are home to some of Australia’s leading performing arts companies
About the building
ACO Open Tours 10am, 11am, 12pm & 1pm Enjoy a guided tour with Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects to explore the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s award-winning home at Pier 2/3. Visit performance venues The Neilson and The Studio, backstage spaces and the Belgiorno Room, an event area overlooking Sydney Harbour. You’ll also be treated to a short performance by a resident musician.
The award-winning redevelopment of Pier 2/3 and Wharf 4/5 in Walsh Bay has created new homes for numerous performing arts companies while embracing Sydney’s industrial heritage.
The site was a traditional meeting place of the Gadigal people for millennia, and an industrial hub throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. The wharves, originally built in the early 1900s for commercial shipping, were adapted in 1984 by government architect John White Thomson and the late architect Vivian Fraser to provide a space for the Sydney Theatre Company.
In 2020, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects with Tropman & Tropman Architects redeveloped Wharf 4/5 to create purpose-designed facilities for the Bangarra Dance Theatre, Gondwana Choirs, The Song Company, Sydney Dance Company and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. Hassell also designed a new space for the Sydney Theatre Company that won the Sulman Medal for Public Architecture in 2021.
The heritage-sensitive redesign of Pier 2/3, also by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects, was completed in 2022, providing world-class cultural facilities for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Theatre for Young People and Bell Shakespeare.
The Walsh Bay Arts Precinct is another landmark along Sydney’s ‘cultural ribbon’ connecting major cultural institutions along the harbour foreshore.Built
Government architect John White Thomson in association with Vivian Fraser, 1984; Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects, 2020, 2022; Tropman & Tropman Architects, 2020; Hassell, 2021Awards
Royal Australian Institute of Architects NSW Awards – Sulman Medal for Public Architecture, 1985
Australian Institute of Architects National Awards – Enduring Architecture, 2008
Australian Institute of Architects NSW Awards – Sulman Medal for Public Architecture, 2021
Australian Institute of Architects NSW Awards – The NSW Architecture Medallion, 2022; Award for Public Architecture, 2022; Greenway Award for Heritage, 2022; Commendation for Interior Architecture, 2022
National Trust Heritage Awards – Winner of Adaptive Reuse, 2022
Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Theatre for Young People, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Bell Shakespeare, Gondwana Choirs, Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Sydney Theatre Company and The Song Company.
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