Once a rundown and disused industrial area, Kensington Street is now a popular downtown destination; a vibrant cultural and entertainment hub featuring galleries, shops, events, and pop-ups, as well as some of Sydney’s top restaurants, hotels and bars, including Kensington Street Social, Olio and the Spice Alley hawkers market.
Three years ago, Turf Design Studio was commissioned as landscape architects by Greencliff and Frasers Property Australia to work alongside Jeppe Aagaard Andersen and architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer to revitalise the precinct. The challenge was to balance old with new, respecting the street’s heritage qualities and industrial past, while activating the streetscape. A series of new walkways and pedestrian links were created to stitch Kensington Street back into the fabric of Chippendale and the Central Park precinct.
Since opening in September 2015, Kensington Street has quickly become an attraction for both locals and tourists. The popularity of the rejuvenated precinct has also been reflected in the Chippendale house market. According to the recent data, the median house price in Chippendale for the last year was $1,662,500, a massive 73 per cent increase compared with the same period five years ago. This figure equates to a compound annual growth rate of 11.6%.
Kensington Street’s successful transition from slum to sought-after destination illustrates the power of placemaking, and the impact quality public spaces can have on building communities and revitalising cities.
Kensington Street forms part of Sydney’s wider $2b Central Park urban village, which Turf Design Studio, in collaboration with Jeppe Aagaard Andersen, has been involved with over the past decade. To date, the TDS+ JAAA partnership has designed more than 22,663 square metres of public open spaces for the Central Park precinct across twelve major public domain and building projects, including the revitalised Kensington Street.
Award of Excellence, Cultural and Urban Landscape, International Federation of Landscape Architects, IFLA Asia-Pacific 2017
Bronze Prize, Landscape Architecture ‘Small and Large Scale Landscape Projects’ Category, American Architecture Prize 2016
Bronze Prize, Landscape Architecture ‘Commercial’ Category, American Architecture Prize 2016
Bruce Mackenzie Landscape Award 2016
Civic Landscape Architecture Award, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (NSW) 2016
Best Overall and Urban Design and Public Spaces in Architectural Design, Good Design Awards 2016
Frasers Property Australia Unveils Final Stage of $2bn Project, The Urban Developer
Kensington Street by Turf Design Sudio and Jeppe Aagaard Aandersen, Landezine
Forgotten terraces of Kensington Street to be Sydney’s newest tourist hub, Domain
From uncut gem to diamond, Kensington Street’s transformation, Kensington Street Newsletter
Chippendale: From slum to sought-after in photos, ABC