I love living in Sydney, but the city is not well known for its fine urban design. We have a spectacular setting with stunning natural features, but sadly this usually translates into design complacency rather than creativity.
The newly reopened Paddington Reservoir is the most exciting thing to happen to Sydney’s urban fabric in years. Originally built as a reservoir in 1866, before being converted to a service station in 1914, it features a sunken garden, a reflective pond, and the subterranean East Chamber which will house live music, markets and cinematic events.
Hopefully the gardens will bring life to what was until recently one of Sydney’s premier shopping strip, before Lowy moved in up the road.