Paddington Reservoir Gardens is an award-winning garden transformed from its former life. The reservoir, a source of water for the rapidly growing population of Sydney in the 19th century, has been used in a number of ways including as a garage and a petrol station.
Likened to the ancient Baths of Caracalla in Rome and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Paddington Reservoir Gardens was revived in 2009. As much of the reservoir’s original framework as possible was saved and re-used in a new way. The original brick, timber and iron fixtures have been saved and fused with contemporary and sustainable elements, a blend of old and new.
As you stroll through the immaculate gardens and wide boardwalks, there are plenty of places to sit and have a rest. The roof features a stunning sunken garden, and vibrant graffiti art has been preserved in the eastern chamber. As the sun sets, the lighting detail transforms the space according to the weather.
Paddington Reservoir Gardens won the Australian Award for Urban Design in 2009. The public space has also received the seal of approval from the ABC’s Art Nation.
The day I visited this place to visit the nearby Chauvel Cinema, located in the Historic Paddington Town Hall, the deck chairs pictured had been provided for simple public relaxation in this wonderful piece of history.