OMA will lead the master plan for a redevelopment of Sydney’s Darling Harbour, thanks to its recent win of a competition held by the New South Wales government. OMA’s joint entry with developers Lend Lease, Hostplus, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden, and Spotless, has been dubbed Darling Harbor Live, and will include facilities for the Sydney International Convention, Exhibition, and Entertainment Precinct (SICEEP). In addition to designing the master plan, OMA is also the conceptual architect for the precinct’s ICC Hotel complex; Hassell Studio, Populous, and DCM will design other buildings within the plan.
“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,” partner-in-charge David Gianotten said in a statement. “The proposed master plan is a frame work within which the different architects of the facilities will have the flexibility to find their architectural identities while contributing to the overall image of the precinct.”
FROM THE ARCHITECTS:
OMA's master plan - with the working title 'Darling Harbor Live' - links the CBD, the West and the South of central Sydney together; generates a truly vibrant and integrated platform for social interaction right in the heart of the city. Darling Harbor 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 Harbor and the planned facilities.