An oasis amid the jungle  by Michael Matthews

A nice little spot in Paddington (Sydney, Australia) where I have been spending some of my lunch the last week.

The internationally acclaimed restoration of Paddington Reservoir Gardens is highly praised for achieving a unique blend of historic ruin and contemporary urban design.

The City’s renewal of Paddington Reservoir Gardens on Oxford Street won the prestigious 2009 Australian Award for Urban Design, from a field of 42 nominated projects. Sustainable Sydney 2030 received a commendation. Read More

And viewers across Australia saw it being given the seal of approval in a stunning feature on ABC’s Art Nation.

With its immaculate gardens, boardwalk, lighting and furniture, Paddington Reservoir Gardens offers a relaxing oasis for the community to enjoy in the heart of Paddington.

It has been described as a combination of the Baths of Caracalla and The Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

The roof-top features a stunning sunken garden; vibrant graffiti art has been preserved in the eastern chamber which provides a new space for community and cultural activities; and special lighting highlights the beautiful new timber work and stunning stone of the reservoir.

The Gardens sit over the State Heritage listed Paddington Reservoir. Designed by the City Engineer, Edward Bell, the Paddington Reservoir was built between 1866 and 1878 and was a key element in Sydney’s early water supply.

In the background is the Imperial Hotel.

Sydney Zine, Dec 2011.
Superbly Visual, Jan 2012.

516 views as of June 25, 2014.

Country born & bred but now located in Sydney, Australia.

I’m fascinated by the beauty of nature & in particular Australian native flowers & landscapes. I also love colour & anything unusual.
The Blue Mountains are my favourite spot at the moment.

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  • Ellanita
    Ellanitaover 3 years ago

    Great capture Michael !!!

  • Thanks Elle. It’s not easy to show it off with the camera. A very creative space.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 3 years ago

    DECEMBER 6th, 2011
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  • Thank you very much for the feature Mary.

    – Michael Matthews

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 3 years ago

    congratulations for your well deserved feature in the Artists Universe group !!!
    my best, francis.

  • Thanks very much Francis.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    Congrats on your feature Michael !
    Sounds like an interesting spot for a look next time I am in Sydney :)

  • Thanks Trish. It’s an interesting mix of old architecture & new. It’s not easy to photograph but great to look at.

    – Michael Matthews

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 3 years ago

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 3 years ago

    Nice looking location Michael..excellent work..

  • Thanks mate. It was a bit of a challenge for the camera. I went for the more colourful view.
    Thanks for the fave as well.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 3 years ago


  • Thank you & it’s great to see such beauty in the city. Thanks for the fave as well.

    – Michael Matthews

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much for the feature Robyn.

    – Michael Matthews

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