Chinatown Upgrades | Sydney Australia | ASPECT Studios

The upgrades to Little Hay Street, Factory Street and Kimber Lane are stage one in the transformation of Chinatown’s Public Domain. The focus of the work is to uplift the public domain quality and strengthen the pedestrian connections, whilst improving lighting, furniture, and embracing the distinguishing character of each street or laneway by integrating site specific public artworks.

ASPECT Studios’ scope included rectification work to the art installation Heaven and Earth, located at the intersection of Little Hay and Dixon Streets, which has been upgraded with a new ground plane element incorporating granite etching, custom cast iron pieces and LED lights. Factory Street has been transformed into a share way, with a fine grain combination of granite pavers and cobbles carpeting the ground plane. Mature trees have been planted in Little Hay Street and Factory Street as well as an overlay of new lantern style lightboxes. A site specific ribbon of custom designed furniture completes the works assisting to reactivate these streets.

Both streets are linked through Kimber Lane, a previously underutilised laneway. ASPECT Studios worked closely with artist Jason Wing to ensure full integration of his public art installation Between Two Worlds. The brightly coloured work includes painted elements, granite etching and site specific lighting which honour both the site’s history and current community.

Chinatown Upgrades | Sydney Australia | ASPECT Studios
Landscape Architects | ASPECT Studios
Design Team | ASPECT Studios (lead consultant), Deuce Design, Jason Wing,
Peter McGregor, CAB Consulting

Other Consultants | Northrop, GTA Consultants, Lighting, Art + Science, Morris Goding Accessibility Consulting
Photography | Simon Wood

Client/Owner | City of Sydney Council
Project Location Little Hay Street, Kimber Lane and Factory Street, Chinatown, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Size (sq m) Little Hay Street – 1870sqm
Factory Street – 660 sqm
Kimber Lane – 260sqm
Completion Date 2012

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