Chinatown laneways transformation

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Chinatown laneways transformation
ASPECT Studios are leading a design team for the $5 million upgrade of Chinatown’s laneways in Sydney. Attracting two million tourists per year, Chinatown is a bustling cultural and social hub for residents and local visitors and home to the largest Chinese New Year celebration outside of China.   The existing public domain is vehicle dominated with little emphasis on the pedestrian or cyclist experience. The streets have few trees and narrow footpaths with a mix of poor quality materials and little area for seating and congregation. These streets are under-utilised, primarily being used to service garages and loading docks of surrounding businesses.
ASPECT Studios have led the design of three streets in Chinatown - Little Hay Street, Factory Street and Kimber Lane. The redesign involves new paving, street furniture, decorative lighting, public art and planting to enliven the precinct. The upgrades will create enticing, safe spaces for visitors to linger and enjoy.
Construction is currently in progress. Samples of a stencilled cloud pattern designed by public artist Jason Wing have been painted in Kimber Lane. These will extend throughout the lane on both the carriageway and the walls. Completion is due by February 2012 in time for the Chinese New Year.     Return to News