The City of Sydney is bringing an open-plan cafe to Hyde Park South, which is scheduled to open later this year.
It will be similar to the old cafe, but will be set further back from the road on the corner of Elizabeth and Liverpool Streets, a move that will improve views of the park.
Andrew Burns Architects is behind the design, in association with Casey Bryant, Camille Gaven, Jonathon Donnelly, TDEP (Turf Design Environmental Partnership), SDA Structures and Urbanite.
The new design will include glass frontage, which will complement the heritage masonry retained from the existing building.
“Hyde Park is Australia’s oldest park and one of the most culturally and historically significant public spaces in the country,” said Lord Mayor Clover Moore in an official statement. “These combined works will enhance Hyde Park’s status as an urban oasis and make it a more attractive place to visit for the 1.2 million people who live, work or visit the city daily.”
The 90-seater will include a new paved lobby with easy access to the park, and will be surrounded by new landscaping work. It will also have two unisex toilets – one of which will be accessible to park users.
There will also be improvements made to the ANZAC War Memorial, the Pool of Reflection and the path’s many pathways.