2013 National Architecture Awards: Sustainable

Darling Quarter by FJMT with Aspect Studios, Lend Lease, E.G.O. Group and Davenport Campbell Sustainable Architecture: National Commendation Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

The combination of several environmental design initiatives both extends the amenity of the campus development at Darling Quarter and ensures it achieves the highest levels of sustainability accreditation. An organizational approach that maximizes natural light and offers opportunities for natural ventilation, as well as easy connection to external gardens, supports contemporary workplace values and human needs.

With a high-performance building envelope, water efficiency and harvesting, and a number of energy-efficient systems working together with an integrated approach to fitout and ease of use, the buildings at Darling Quarter successfully extend the trajectory of sustainable commercial development in Australia.

The building has been recognized as a world leader in environmentally sustainable design and has achieved the following Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) ratings: 6 Star Green Star Office Design v2 rating, 5 Star Green Star – Office Design Interiors v1.1 and 6 Star Green Star Office As Built v3 (the first building to achieve this).

Read Marianna Preston’s project review of Darling Quarter Playground for Landscape Architecture Australia.


Project Team
Richard Francis-Jones (design director); Jeff Morehen (project director); Johnathan Redman (principal); Sean McPeake (senior associate); Adam Guernier, Peter Russell, Sahar Koohi, Martin Hallen, Stephen Pratt, Soenke Dethlefsen, David Haseler, Annis Lee, Karina Kerr, Simon Lee, Samuel Faigan, Gareth Morgan, Ian Brumby, Joey Cheng, Prudence Ho
Builder Lend Lease Design
Civil engineer Robert Bird & Partners
Developer Lend Lease Design
ESD Arup Sydney
Electrical services Aurecon Sydney
Fire and hydraulic consultant Warren Smith & Partners
Fire engineering Defire
Interior designer E. G. O. Group, Davenport Campbell
Landscape architect ASPECT Studios
Lighting design Lend Lease, Ramus Illumination, Speirs + Major
Mechanical services Arup Sydney
Project manager Lend Lease Design
Quantity surveyor Lend Lease Design
Structural engineer Arup Sydney
Water feature consultant Waterforms International
Wayfinding Deuce Design
Site Details
Location Darling Harbour,  Sydney,  NSW,  Australia
Project Details
Status Built
Category Public / commercial
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