Sunday 6 November

Level 2, Pier 8/9, 23 Hickson Road, Sydney

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Henry Deane Walsh, first Engineer-in-chief, Sydney Harbour Trust

Additional architects

2000 – Bates Smart

2013 – HASSELL


2013 Adaptive Re-use of Historic Building ($1 million–$10 million) Award – MBA

International design practice HASSELL has its Sydney studio over three levels of a historic wharf at Walsh Bay. Built in 1912, Pier 8/9 is the most westerly of five heritage-listed wharves on Hickson Road, Millers Point – part of the vast complex of wharves, shore sheds, bond stores, bridges and roads that made up the city’s principal shipping and docking facility into the early 20th century.

Constructed on a grid of turpentine piles in the harbour, the pier’s modular hardwood frames and infill panels were always designed for future adaptation. Until 1968 it was used to load wool onto trading boats and unload supplies and its innovative system of hydraulic-powered hoists and lifts was vital to the operations of these wharves.

After their decommission from service in 1970 and subsequent decline, the Walsh Bay wharves were reborn in 2000 in one of Australia’s largest ever urban renewal projects, undertaken by Mirvac and key architectural practices.

Today, the Walsh Bay precinct is a blend of cultural, commercial and residential communities, with Pier 8/9 its largest commercial component. In accordance with the Burra Charter, its adaptation in 2000 by Bates Smart retained much of the heritage fabric of this giant finger wharf. New interventions are clearly expressed, including two new steel-framed mezzanine floors and a ‘breezeway’ foyer enclosure of structural glass.

HASSELL’s three-level Pier 8/9 studio is natural and neutral in its colours and finishes, a ‘blank-canvas’ that showcases the pier’s robust industrial fabric. Out of this distinctive studio environment, important civic works are developed such as the gleaming new International Convention Centre Sydney, designed in collaboration with Populous, currently nearing completion at Darling Harbour.

On Sunday 6 November

What’s open?

HASSELL Sydney Studio

Opening hours

Sunday 6 November
10am – 4pm

Last entry


to know

  • Photography allowed

  • Lines expected

  • Food & drink available

  • Pram friendly

  • Accessible


Level 2, Pier 8/9, 23 Hickson Road, Sydney


HASSEL’s involvement in Sydney Open has been made possible by CBRE, HASSELL, Manage Meant.