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2018 Australian Urban Design Awards: Commendation for Built Projects – City and Regional Scale

Darling Harbour Transformation by Hassell / Hassell and Populous

Jury citation:

The Darling Harbour Transformation has been the most significant makeover of this popular urban precinct in twenty years. Using the opportunity of a new International Convention Centre as a catalyst, the revitalization was driven by an urban design framework focused on the public realm, creating a more cohesive and legible urban structure that reintegrates the precinct with adjacent neighbourhoods and public transport. The public realm has been restructured along a central, eucalypt-lined pedestrian spine extending from Central Station to Cockle Bay. Tired, over-loved places have been re-energized and engaging new places have been created for people to gather, interact and relax within a carefully curated landscape that includes public art. The project refreshes this distinctly Sydney experience for visitors and Sydneysiders alike.

Location: Sydney (NSW)


New South Wales Government
Property NSW
Hassell and Populous
Landscape architecture and urban design
Photography Simon Wood Photography
Site details
Site type Urban
Category Landscape / urban design
Type Public / civic
Project Details
Status Built
Client Infrastructure NSW
Website Infrastructure NSW



Published online: 26 Oct 2018
Words: LandscapeAustralia Editorial Desk
Images: Simon Wood


Landscape Architecture Australia, November 2018

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