Darling Harbour Sydney Building, Architect, Masterplan Design Australia, NSW
Darling Harbour Redevelopment : SICEEP Sydney
Darling Quarter Development, New South Wales – design by OMA
13 Dec 2012
Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct Redevelopment
Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Masterplan + ICC Hotels
OMA master plan for Sydney convention and exhibition precinct redevelopment selected
Hong Kong, Rotterdam, 13 December 2012 – The New South Wales Government announced today that Destination Sydney, consisting of Lend Lease, HOSTPLUS, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless, is the preferred consortium for Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct (SICEEP) redevelopment. OMA is the master plan designer within the consortium, and is also the conceptual architect of the ICC Hotels within the master plan.
OMA’s master plan – with the working title ‘Darling Harbour Live’ – links the CBD, the West and the South of central Sydney together; generates a truly vibrant, exciting and integrated platform for social interaction right in the heart of the city. Darling Harbour Live will consist of a convention, exhibition and entertainment facilities with an activated public realm, commercial facilities, a hotel complex and housing. The project will reinforce the direct relationship between the well visited Darling Harbour and the planned facilities.
Partner-in-charge of the master plan design, David Gianotten, says: “Instead of the generic ‘World Class’ approach, we have looked for a configuration that offers the most promising conditions for genuine and contextual interaction within Sydney. The proposed master plan is a frame work within which the different architects of the facilities – including Hassell Studio, Populous and DCM – will have the flexibility to find an own architectural identity while contributing to the overall image of the precinct.” He adds that OMA is excited to be involved in this ambitious project. Darling Harbour Live is OMA’s first master plan project that will be executed in Australia.
Within the Darling Harbour Master Plan OMA is also the conceptual architect for the ICC Hotel complex, which is part of the anchor buildings within the master plan. The ICC Hotels within the complex meet at a common base, but at height both hotels will read as independent and different volumes. The verticality of the built form of the ICC Hotels will create diversity in the new skyline of Darling Harbour and will increase the visibility of the Darling Harbour Live project within the city of Sydney.
OMA is a leading international partnership practicing architecture, urbanism, and cultural analysis. OMA’s buildings and master plans around the world insist on intelligent forms while inventing new possibilities for content and everyday use. AMO, a research and design studio, works in areas beyond architecture that today have an increasing influence on architecture itself: media, politics, renewable energy, technology, publishing, fashion.
OMA is led by seven partners – Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Shohei Shigematsu, Iyad Alsaka, David Gianotten and Managing Partner, Victor van der Chijs – and sustains an international practice with offices in Rotterdam, New York, Beijing and Hong Kong, employing a staff of around 350.
OMA Asia was established in 2006 in Beijing, with the main task to oversee the establishment of the recently completed CCTV Headquarters. OMA’s Hong Kong office established in 2009, designed and oversees the construction of the Taipei Performing Arts Center, the Chu Hai College of Higher Education in Hong Kong, and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. OMA Hong Kong’s portfolio covers Greater China, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific region. Projects led by OMA Hong Kong vary in typology and scale, ranging from interior projects to buildings and large scale master plans. Completed works by OMA Hong Kong include the Edouard Malingue Gallery opened in 2010, McKinsey’s new Hong Kong office and Malahon 13 Dental Practice, both completed in 2011. Ongoing projects of OMA Hong Kong include the design of the new Tencent Headquarters in Beijing, the SSI towers in Jakarta and the YLBX master plan in Hanoi.
OMA Asia is led by OMA partner David Gianotten and associates Dongmei Yao, Adam Frampton, Ravi Kamisetti and Michael Kokora, and has around 85 employees.
Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct Redevelopment images + information from OMA
Location:1 Harbour Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Design: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
photograph : John Marmaras
Darling Quarter Sydney
Sydney Convention Exhibition Precinct : Report by A. Andersons AO, M.Arch (Yale) LFAIA
SICEEP Sydney Darling Harbour Redevelopment – Dec 2016
photograph © Brett Boardman
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