Monday, March 19, 2012

Industrial suburbia #1

Ballast Point Park is a quintessential Sydney experience.

Designed in 2009, by landscape architects McGregor Coxall, for the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, the park is a transformed industrial wasteland.

Over multiple levels, there are echos of the former oil refinery site. 

The planting consists of local natives from seeds collected in the area.

Fallen concrete slabs breach the refinery walls, 
forming narrow gates and walkways. 

This is reclaimed land at it's best, and all with a glorious view of the Harbour.

Yep, we LIKE Ballast Point Park, and there's still loads of exploring to do...

Stay tuned for Industrial Suburbia #2 

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Ballast Point

This week we are working in the harbourside suburb of Ballast Point.

The house dates back to the 1860s 
and is brimming with relics of long ago Sydney.

This area was all concrete (more 1960s than 1860s).

The house takes up the majority of the available land, 
folks were less inclined towards outdoor entertaining in those days.

It's a tight space to work in, although Lulu doesn't seem too bothered.

Brick saw, chisel and a respirator mask 
to guard against toxic concrete dust. 

Once the old terracotta pipes have been replaced
 the paving will commence

Stay tuned for a progress report next week...