Situated at the southern gateway to Sydney’s CBD, Wonderland completes the urban renewal district of Central Park on the site of the former Carlton United Brewery. It offers a transition from city use and scale to the fine grain terraces and warehouses of Chippendale. Its form is a definitive urban design response, enhancing the outcomes of the masterplan provided at the time of the design competition by offering a diverse ground plane, additional park space, sun access and amenity in one of Sydney’s most densely populated urban environments.
Wonderland’s form is integrated into a layered curvilinear profile responsive to the varying street and building alignments. This sinuous geometry defines a significant north facing public space not envisaged in the masterplan, while maintaining the transitional green space on Wellington Street. This park was reimagined to maximise its proximity to the existing Wellington Street residences, benefiting new and existing residents alike.
The new open spaces and curvilinear built form create a memorable eastern gateway into the Central Park from Regent Street. Reinforcing the significance of the Castle Connell Hotel’s heritage, the design carefully combines the location of a child care facility with retail tenancies creating an important active edge to Wellington Street.