Darling Square North

Gadigal Country / Haymarket

Client Lendlease

Stage Completed 2019

An exemplar of residential density woven into the city fabric

Darling Square North, a large, precinct-wide project, demonstrates how appropriate urban form, high-density and place-shaping design principles can create distinctive, memorable and active places. The development comprises three residential towers of varying heights sitting above a 6-storey podium.

Retail tenancies and apartment lobby entries line the perimeter of the podium at ground level providing significant activation to the public domain. To create a cohesive pedestrian experience while allowing for diverse shopfront configurations, a shopfront kit-of-parts was developed. The kit-of-parts—comprising a family of materials, openings, signage and lighting—creates a consistent design language and facilitates various tenancy types such as food and beverage and small retail.

The podium presents as a substantial masonry base. Within the podium, apartments wrap around upper parking levels on the north, west and east. Privacy is provided by the solid balustrades and the placement of bedrooms away from the facades. On the southern façade, above laneway retail uses, a naturally ventilating brick screen conceals the parking levels and mitigates visual and environmental impacts on the public domain. The landscaped podium roof provides a communal outdoor space for residents. The design of these gardens reflects the layout of streets to optimise vistas.

The layout, orientation and articulation of the towers maximise residential amenity, with the tallest tower (42 floors) positioned to take advantage of the panoramic views to the north and east.

The articulation of the architecture is developed in response to particular urban conditions. Inspired by the legacy of fine historic brick buildings in the precinct, 77 brick types were used to realise an intricate composition of architectural elements. The use of dark brick tones reflects the Sydney tradition of using these colours in residential apartments. White glazed bricks are used to mark key entries. A mixture of polished, honed and glazed finishes combined with distinctive coursing details present an elevated level of craft that enhances the architectural character.

Appropriately scaled, well planned, thoughtfully detailed and built with beautiful, enduring materials, Darling Square North has become an integral part of Darling Square and a new destination of interest in Sydney. It is an exemplar of high-quality, sustainable, high-density residential infrastructure woven into the city fabric.

Project Team

Directors

Alec Tzannes

Chi Melhem

Ben Green

Team

Tony Lam

Matilda Gollan

Iris Zhu

Aaron Tregent

Luke Novotny

Isabella Moran

Grant Round

Kate Nason

Juliana Conceicao

Project details

Client Lendlease

Awards

  • 2019 / The Urban Developer / Development of the Year Award (Lendlease) / High Density Residential 2019

Collaborators

  • Executive Architect

    -

    Lendlease
  • Acoustic

    -

    Wood & Grieve Engineers
  • Access

    -

    Morris Goding Access Consultants
  • Electrical

    -

    Webb Australia
  • Structural

    -

    TTW Engineers
  • ESD Consultant

    -

    Lendlease
  • Facade

    -

    Arcadis
  • Fire

    -

    Core Engineering
  • Geotech

    -

    Coffey
  • Hydraulic

    -

    Wood & Grieve Engineers
  • Pool

    -

    Wright Pools
  • Traffic

    -

    TTM Consulting
  • Town Planner

    -

    Lendlease, Ethos Urban
  • Wind

    -

    CPP
  • Interior Design

    -

    Bates Smart
  • Photographer

    -

    Ben Guthrie / Martin Siegner (FRMEZ)

Appropriately scaled, well planned, thoughtfully detailed and built with beautiful, enduring materials, Darling Square North has become an integral part of Darling Square and a new destination of interest in Sydney.

Collaborators

  • Executive Architect

    -

    Lendlease
  • Acoustic

    -

    Wood & Grieve Engineers
  • Access

    -

    Morris Goding Access Consultants
  • Electrical

    -

    Webb Australia
  • Structural

    -

    TTW Engineers
  • ESD Consultant

    -

    Lendlease
  • Facade

    -

    Arcadis
  • Fire

    -

    Core Engineering
  • Geotech

    -

    Coffey
  • Hydraulic

    -

    Wood & Grieve Engineers
  • Pool

    -

    Wright Pools
  • Traffic

    -

    TTM Consulting
  • Town Planner

    -

    Lendlease, Ethos Urban
  • Wind

    -

    CPP
  • Interior Design

    -

    Bates Smart
  • Photographer

    -

    Ben Guthrie / Martin Siegner (FRMEZ)

Awards

  • 2019 / The Urban Developer / Development of the Year Award (Lendlease) / High Density Residential 2019