Sydney's Darling Square Centrepiece Gets Approval

Darling exchange building

The community hub of Lendlease's Darling Square development, which will contain a City of Sydney library and innovation space to develop start-ups, has been approved by the NSW planning minister.

Construction will begin soon on the Kengo Kuma designed beehive-like Darling Exchange building, which will form the centrepiece of the Darling Square development, to be located at the southern end of Darling Park on the site of the former Entertainment Centre.

Darling Square is the final piece in the wider Sydney International Convention Exhibition and Entertainment precinct that Lendlease is developing.

The distinctive building, which will also include market halls, a childcare centre and roof-top restaurant and bar, will be clad in curved Accoya processed wood, made from NZ-grown radiata pine and prepared at St Peters, Sydney-based Normoyle Engineering.

Nearly three-quarters (70 per cent) of the estimated 20 kilometres of timber will be attached to the building in prefabricated panels, while the rest will be wrapped around it in a ribbon-like style.

The latest approval also gives the nod to an adjoining 3000-square-metre public area designed by Redfern-based Aspect Studios.

The project is expected to be completed in the second half of 2018.

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