Darling Quarter

ASPECT Studios has completed a transformation of the public domain of Darling Harbour South, one of Australia’s most visited destinations. This public domain project now known as Darling Quarter was commissioned by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (now Property NSW) and Lendlease. A major 1.5 hectare place-making project for Sydney with a retail terrace, public park, two 6-star commercial buildings and an innovative children’s playground as its centre piece. At over 4000m2 the playground is the largest in the Sydney CBD and with its interactive water play facilities has become a regional attraction for Sydney.

Darling Quarter builds a strong civic link to the city via the creation of a new pedestrian street – called the ‘civic connector’ which connects Tumbalong Park to Bathurst street and Town Hall. A second pedestrian link – the Pedestrian Boulevard reinforces the movement between the Entertainment Centre, Cockle Bay and beyond and prioritises the pedestrian connections through the site. The project revitalises Darling Harbour by upgrading ground plane materials, lighting, public furniture and planting. A range of destinational place making initiatives have been implemented including an enlarged park, table tennis tables, moveable public seating and rugs, and a lighting master plan which enriches the night-time experience.

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Property NSW / Lendlease
Master Planning, Concept Design, Design Development, Documentation, Construction Services
Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW, Australia
ASPECT Studios, Lendlease, FJMT, David Eager, Hyder, Waterforms International
2007– 2011
$13 million


2013 National Architecture Awards – Harry Seidler Award for Commercial Architecture, National Commendation for Sustainable Architecture, National Commendation for Urban Design

2013 CCAA Public Domain Awards – Precincts Commendation

2013 Australian Institute of Architects’ NSW Architecture Awards – The City of Sydney Lord Mayor’s Prize, The Sir Arthur G Stephenson Award for Best Commercial Architecture, The Milo Dunphy Award for Best Sustainable Architecture, The Lloyd Rees Award for Outstanding Urban Design

2013 United Nations Association of Australia, World Environment Day Awards, Green Building Award

2013 Property Council of Australia Innovation and Excellence Awards – People’s Choice, Development of the Year, Best Work Place, Sustainability New Building

2012 IFLA APR Award for Landscape Architecture – President’s Award – Landscape Design

2012 Kidsafe National Playspace Design Awards Category of Public Playspaces Over $1M

2012 Banksia Environmental Awards – Built Environment

2012 ULI Global Awards for Excellence

2012 The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design International Architecture Award

2012 Australia Award for Urban Design

2012 Parks and Leisure Australia NSW Award of Excellence (Winner of Parks)

2012 International Property Awards Asia Pacific – Best Leisure Development

2012 International Property Awards Asia Pacific (Australia) – Leisure Development, Mixed Use Development

2011 AILA NSW Awards – Excellence Award for Design

2011 The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Design Award