Australian design studio Foolscap unveiled a green pop-up space in Sydney made from water-resistant, recyclable cardboard tubes. Wulugul Pop Up offers landscaped seating, an outdoor cinema, food, co-working areas and several other amenities and even has its own native edible garden. The space was inspired by the formwork used to cast concrete columns in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Sydney called The Streets of Barangaroo.
Lendlease, the developer behind The Streets of Barangaroo, commissioned Foolscap Studio to design the 170-meter-long installation as a fun retail space which would reference Sydney’s surrounding coastal landscape. At the heart of the installation is a F&B hub with loose seating and standing tables at the terrace edge. Landscaped seating and picnic tables are located near a green wall and allows patrons to sample some of Sydney’s food and drinks.
The architects drew inspiration from the cardboard formwork used to cast the concrete columns of each building at Barangaroo and decided to build the structures out of reused materials. The tubes, made of 98% reused material and fully recyclable, for the outer layer of the Pop Up and have a water resistant finish. The furniture was made from plywood made from native Australian timber species, while the planted green walls feature a simple system of self-watering plants which are easy to maintain.
“With hidden and diverse elements scattered along the waterfront, the interactive space is designed to be a teaser for what’s to come when the permanent restaurants of Wulugul Walk open in Spring next year. Visitors can use the Wulugul Pop Up as they wish; as a place to meet friends after work or on the weekend for a drink, or a solo visit during the working day to escape the office,” said Gary Horwitz, Head of Retail at Lendlease.