News / July 2019
Wednesday 10 July 2019
Darling Harbour Transformation wins Chicago Athenaeum award

The Darling Harbour Transformation – Sydney’s most significant urban renewal initiative in 20 years – has been awarded The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, International Architecture Award for Urban Planning / Landscape Architecture.

HASSELL, working with joint venture HASSELL + Populous, delivered the urban design framework for the 20-hectare precinct and redesigned Darling Harbour’s public realm to better connect the city and offer engaging new places for people to gather, interact and relax.

Founded in 2005, the International Architecture Awards is the oldest annual public celebration of global architecture. The projects shortlisted were judged against a range of criteria including design vision, innovation and originality; capacity to stimulate, engage and delight occupants and visitors; accessibility and sustainability.

Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, The Chicago Athenaeum Museum President, said this year’s awarded projects “highlight the architecture visionaries whose talent and innovation have created talking points that will span generations.”

HASSELL Head of Landscape Architecture Angus Bruce says that the layered interpretation and activation program for Darling Harbour’s redesigned public realm has been central to creating a more authentic and appealing environment – enjoyed by visitors and residents alike.

“It’s a thrill to have the project recognised by our international peers for its contribution to Sydney’s vibrancy,” Angus said.

“The installation of major bespoke artworks, subtle weaving of heritage interpretation, and a diverse program of public events across the site has enriched the experience of Darling Harbour. It now offers permanent cultural landmarks and ever-changing opportunities for fun and discovery, that will no doubt be loved by people for years to come,” he said.

The Darling Harbour Transformation will feature among this year’s winning projects in “The City and the World” travelling exhibition, opening at Contemporary Space Athens in Greece on September 13, 2019.

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Photography: Simon Wood
Artwork pictured: ‘data.scape’ by Ryoji Ikeda

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