Paddington Reservoir is a bold architectural solution to a redundant reservoir in the Paddington district of Sydney, captured by me early one morning. The Victorian underground reservoir had been cleverly transformed into a calm, peaceful urban park in the centre of Paddington, a bustling neighbourhood characterised by Victorian terraced housed built for workers engaged in building new barracks nearby. These terraces are famous for their lace-work wrought iron balconies, now much sought after for homes and boutiques
Architect Tonkin Zulaikha Greer cleverly retained much of the brick vaulted columns and cast-iron work and landscaped areas with sympathetic planting integrating the architecture character in form and foliage. access to the sunken garden via stairs and an elevator as well as ramped access to the rooftop reserve.
It’s a magical place, cool and tranquil.
The first stage was completed in 2008, a second stage is underway; clever recycled architecture providing a new use for old and a park for everyone in the heart of this busy district.