HASSELL and Populous win Sydney’s new Convention Precinct design
Joint venture partners HASSELL + Populous have won the architectural contract for the design of Sydney's new integrated convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct at Darling Harbour, due for completion in 2016. HASSELL will also design the extensive public parklands and open space within the 20 hectare precinct.
HASSELL + Populous are design consultants to Darling Harbour Live consortium, which has been selected by the New South Wales Government as preferred developer and contractor of the AUD $1 billion facility. The consortium comprises of developer Lend Lease, its infrastructure development business Capella Capital, leading venue managers and operators AEG Ogden, and Spotless, which will deliver Facility Management Services.
Ken Maher, HASSELL design leader on the project, said the firm was delighted to take on the challenge of transforming a key Sydney precinct through the design of three major public buildings and the unifying public realm.
"The re-making of Darling Harbour is a rare opportunity to design a significant new quarter within the central city," he said. "It extends the urban fabric and re-connects the city to Ultimo and Pyrmont with more permeable networks of streets and lanes. Importantly it can bring a new level of public amenity for visitors and citizens alike through extended public parkland that is identifiably 'Sydney' in character.
Populous has designed both the London and Sydney Olympic stadiums in addition to 45 Convention and Exhibition centres around the world. The firm's senior principal and project leader, Richard Breslin, says Sydney will have a state-of-the-art venue that will showcase the city to the world and revitalise Darling Harbour, both economically and culturally.
"It will be a fusion of architecture and landscape, of indoors and outdoors, of engagement, education, living, creative working and entertainment. The project demonstrates the imperative of responsive design to sustain urban life at this critical time for our cities and communities," he said.
Populous' Richard Breslin added that the project presents a great opportunity for Sydney as a major international destination.
"This precinct will reflect the dynamism of Sydney's cityscape, redefine Darling Harbour, and respect the precinct's parkland setting.
"The landmark Convention Centre, deliberately clad in materials which reflect its spectacular harbour outlook, will be complimented by the rest of the precinct which looks onto parkland. Here, the building's boundaries are set back, designed so the landscape becomes part of the building, with circulation and meeting spaces open to the park, terraces functioning as meeting spaces, and a huge 5000 sqm open deck on top of the building providing a platform to be used for major events," said Breslin.
The precinct will include:
_A convention facility capable of holding three separate concurrent events of up to 2,500 delegates
_Total exhibition capacity of 40,000 square metres
_An external event deck of 5,000 square metres featuring spectacular city views
_A plenary hall which can be converted to an entertainment theatre with a seated capacity of 8,000
_A grand ballroom with banqueting space for up to 2,000
_Upgrade and improvements to the extensive public parklands and open space
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