Over the past year a completely new part of Sydney has been steadily emerging to the western side of the Harbour Bridge. Little by little, pockets of the sprawling, 22-hectre Barangaroo development have come to life, revealing what is almost a city within our city, and a vast new precinct that will change Sydney. A part of this gradual unveiling has been The Streets of Barangaroo. The work-in-progress residential and culinary quarter currently houses Bourke Street Bakery and a miniature edition of Coffee Alchemy called Micro with The Canteen – a reinvention of the shopping-mall-style food court with 10 food and beverage outlets and a DJ on Fridays – to come. Belle’s Hot Chicken and RivaReno Gelato will open in the pop-up in November.

While secret international heavyweight chefs are still being shipped in for a set of harbourside restaurants, including Rene Redzepi for his Noma Australia pop-up, Foolscap Studio has designed a pop-up community space that will give a taste of what’s to come. The studio, which is currently working on the fit-out of Noma Australia, is responsible for Melbourne and Sydney interiors at BLK MRKT, Harry & Frankie and The Commons.

Foolscap’s Wulugul Pop-Up runs along the length of waterfront Wulugul Walk, and is built from cascading cardboard tubes made from recyclable materials inspired by Sydney Harbour’s eastern cliffs. The structure is like a thoughtfully designed hoarding – it will also mask incoming restaurant spaces until they are unveiled in August next year. There is a co-working area and garden spaces filled with thick pockets of native greens. A series of events will happen in the space, including a lending library curated by TITLE bookstore, a roster of live music, a think-tank program and other activations all hinting at what’s yet to be unveiled.

“Foolscap’s work is about how people interact with places,” explains director of Foolscap Studio, Adele Winteridge. “The design is driven by the intention to activate this unique area of Sydney and create an engaging and memorable space to be enjoyed by local residents, workers and visitors. It takes the now-commonplace idea of the ‘pop-up’ and evolves this into a temporary meeting of people and culture.”

The Wulugul Pop-Up will be open to the public from November 25 to August 2016.


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