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
Project Details
Status Built
Category Landscape / urban
Type Public / civic
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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