2013 National Architecture Awards: Urban Design

Darling Quarter by FJMT with Aspect Studios and Lend Lease Urban Design: National Commendation Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

Located between the Sydney CBD and Darling Harbour, Darling Quarter is an important addition to the city fabric. It establishes clear new connections between these two precincts, while accommodating the very large floor plates required in a speculative commercial context.

The urban moves are simple and highly effective. The bifurcated new commercial building and public ground level allow pedestrians to connect across and through the site and to negotiate major roads in the area. This changes the way this part of the city works, and extends the public realm into a previously underused area of south Darling Harbour. The integration of restaurants, park and playground spreads the benefit to a diverse community beyond the building owner and tenants.

The curved facades of the new buildings provide a restrained yet warm and active edge to the new urban space of Tumbalong Park. The playground makes a welcoming space for children and families, while also being aesthetically compatible with the sophisticated urban character of Darling Harbour.

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
Category Commercial / public buildings
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 7 Nov 2013
Words: National Architecture Awards Jury 2013
Images: Florian Groehn, John Gollings


Architecture Australia, November 2013

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