Wonderland completes the urban renewal district of Central Park on the site of the former Carlton United Brewery. It offers a transition from city use and scale to the fine grain terraces and warehouses of Chippendale. Its form is a definitive urban design response, enhancing the outcomes of the masterplan through a diverse ground plane, additional park space, sun access and amenity in one of Sydney’s most densely populated urban environments.
Wonderland’s form is integrated into a layered curvilinear profile responsive to the varying street and building alignments. This sinuous geometry defines a significant north facing public space not envisaged in the masterplan, while maintaining the transitional green space on Wellington Street. This park was reimagined to maximise its proximity to the existing Wellington Street residences, benefiting new and existing residents alike.

The new open spaces and curvilinear built form create a memorable eastern gateway into Central Park from Regent Street. Reinforcing the significance of the Castle Connell Hotel’s heritage, the design carefully combines the location of a child care facility with retail tenancies creating an important active edge to Wellington Street.

The highly articulated facade facing Central Park’s Chippendale Green creates a warm, textured backdrop to city life. The landscape approach provides a green extension of the ground-plane into the lower two/three levels of the proposal through vertical planting of the screens to both the garden apartments and within the public space.

The materials palette of terracotta, metal and glass provides contemporary reference to the existing masonry buildings of the site, and responds to the new neighbouring developments.

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