- A drawcard for events – one major, integrated venue (ICC Sydney) within three exceptional public buildings, plus Tumbalong Park serving as a high-capacity, open-air event space with staging facilities
- A connected precinct – an enhanced network of lanes and streets including The Boulevard – a 680m-long, Eucalypt-lined promenade that anchors the entire site
- A dynamic destination – lively, flexible urban spaces such as the Chinese Garden Square – a forecourt to the existing Chinese Garden of Friendship, with shallow water pools for play that switch off to make way for markets and event installations
- A greener harbour – 9,000sqm of extra green space, featuring plenty of native species to make this a better urban habitat
- A very Sydney ‘story’ – a program of public art and landscaping inspired by Darling Harbour’s history, ecology and waterfront location
Public art heightens the experience of visiting Darling Harbour, with a range of artworks that educate, stimulate and engage visitors. We incorporated this important layer of work in our design process from the very start.
The ‘big bang’ and ‘fine grain’ artworks include Tidal Cascades by Robert Woodward – the precinct’s beloved fountain, restored and re-set into the ICC Sydney forecourt. Other works cover everything from an audio-visual installation to a soundscape to sculpture, including:
- data.scape by Ryoji Ikeda
- Sandstone Pollen by Maria Fernanda Cardoso
- Entelekheia by Danie Mellor
- Sound Habitat by Janet Laurence
Our multidisciplinary team prepared the urban design framework for the entire 20-hectare precinct, drawing on their diverse skills and experience through each stage of the project.
The result is a design that seamlessly blends the public landscape and custom artworks with the architecture. It also maximises public open space, plays up cultural features, and improves connections and views across the precinct.
We united all three ICC Sydney buildings through consistent landscaping, terraces and materials. By thoughtfully stitching together all these elements, we’ve made it easier to move through the wider area – and created a place that looks and feels more cohesive and inviting.
Our design for Darling Harbour is ‘green, global and connected’, taking its lead from the city’s ‘Sustainable Sydney’ vision.
Highlights include water-sensitive urban design solutions, better transport and pedestrian connections, and 30% more public space – earning the precinct a 6 Star Green Star Communities rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.
All up, we incorporated 650 new trees and 9,000sqm of green space. Our selection of drought-tolerant plants and unique soil composites – along with the integration of elements such as permeable paving and stormwater harvesting tree pits – ensures this precinct needs minimal irrigation.
- 2019 Singapore Institute of Planning Awards – Best Urban Design (International Category) – Gold
- 2019 Singapore Landscape Architecture Awards – Silver Award – Parks and Recreational Landscape
- 2019 International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) – Award for Excellence – Cultural and Urban Landscape
- 2019 Good Design Award – Gold Winner – Architectural Design: Urban Design
- 2019 The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, International Architecture Awards – Urban Planning / Landscape Architecture Award
- 2019 WLA Awards (World Landscape Architecture) – Merit Award – Built Large Category
- 2018 Australian Institute of Architects National Architecture Awards – The Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design
- 2018 Australian Award for Urban Design – Commendation for built projects: city and regional scale
- 2018 Australian Institute of Architecture (New South Wales) Awards – The Lloyd Rees Award for Urban Design
- 2015 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (New South Wales) Awards – Award for Urban Design in Landscape Architecture