Civic Space planned for Darling Square

15 Mar 2016

It's 'bold', innovative and appears to be a stack of plates teetering on the very edge of a table, but if Kengo Kuma architects have their way, the newest addition to Lend Lease's Darling Square development wont come crashing down in a heap of china.

Instead it will be an 'important civic building' and a 'community hub', Mr Kuma said yesterday as the construction and development giant unveiled what it hopes would be the heart of its enormous urban redevelopment project in downtown Sydney.

Darling Exchange, which would include a new library, something called a 'makerspace' and an 'innovative exchange', would be at the centre of the $3.4 billion Darling Square development, soon to be home to 4200 residents and accommodate 2500 workers.  It will also include a new public square of 2700 sqm about the size of Martin place between Pitt Street and George Street.

Lend Lease hopes to turn about a third of Darling Square into public space.

Steve McCann, Lend Lease's chief executive, said civic buildings and public squares had brought the community together 'throughout history', and it was his desire Darling Exchange would become the "vibrant heart of the local community and a meeting place for all Sydneysiders and visitors".

The six-storey tower was designed by Kengo Kuma Architects, while the adjoining square was designed by Aspect Studios.

Lend Lease had lodged a development application for the site, with the building expected to open in two years - A lease deal is expected to be finalised with the City of Sydney for the library and creative technology start-up space by the end of this year.

The Australian - Kylar Loussikian