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Mosman Design Awards 2009: Georges Head Lookout, Suakin Drive

Mosman Design Awards 2009

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Georges Head Lookout, Suakin Drive

The Lookout is an iconic element within the Headland Park and along the harbour walk. It replaces an intrusive, 1960s barracks building and is sited to overlook the gun emplacements and their relationship to the Gunners’ Barracks. It is also a place for ceremony and spectacle.

The form of the lookout is based on the circular gun emplacements and the anti-blast merlons that separated them. A cistern within the cone collects stormwater for irrigation. The sandstone paved platform reinforces the sense of place. A bronze disc in the centre depicts the fortifications, the arcs of fire and the relationship to the harbour. The trees at the base of the Lookout were kept and pruned to provide shade and frame the succession of views. Their windswept form reflects the site’s exposure.

The lookout epitomises why the role of the community in retaining the Defence lands for the public was so important.

Georges Head Lookout
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Richard Leplastrier
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Georges Head Lookout - The trees below the lookout platform at Georges Head, Suakin Drive. Photo by Chris Gleisner.Georges Head Lookout - The intrusive barracks building that was demolished for the LookoutGeorges Head Lookout - A panorama of the Lookout at Georges Head in its settingGeorges Head Lookout - An aerial view showing the relationship of the Lookout at Georges Head to the gun emplacements and the Gunners BarracksGeorges Head Lookout - The sandstone Lookout platform and the curved, timber seat along its western edge (photo by A Mackevicius)