New pavilion at Sydney’s Barangaroo echoes the Grecian temple of Poseidon in Sounion

New pavilion at Sydney's Barangaroo echoes the Grecian temple of Poseidon in Sounion
The winning design for the pier pavilion at Barangaroo. Image Credit: JESSICA SPRESSER AND PETER BESLEY

Coming to Sydney’s Barangaroo harbourside precinct in 2022, the Pier Pavilion featuring 123 towering columns of concrete ground from local oyster shells.

The winning design by Brisbane architect Jessica Spresser, in conjunction with architect Peter Besley and Arup, was picked from 172 entries nationwide.

“The pavilion is designed as a democratic gathering space under a landscape canopy and will act as a meeting place, a site for events, a memorable part of the city and an oasis of tranquillity,” Ms Spresser said.

NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Rob Stokes, said the winning design was sophisticated, timeless and celebrated the natural elements of land, sea and sky.

“Barangaroo is about layers of … civic places where people can get together. This pier is an elegant Australian design,” he said.

Mr Stokes said the design also echoes the Grecian temple of Poseidon in Sounion.

The NSW Government said the design is “set to become an iconic landmark” at Watermans Cove, adjacent to the six-star Crown Resorts hotel skyscraper.

The cost is capped at $10 million and will be funded from developer contributions.

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Temple of Poseidon, Sounion

The ancient Greek temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, built during 444–440 BC, is one of the major monuments of the Golden Age of Athens.

A Doric temple, it overlooks the sea at the end of Cape Sounion, at a height of almost 60 metres.

It was built to honour Poseidon, God of the sea. Its architecture was of innovative design, its iconic marble pillars are an impressive reminder.

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