FJMT creates a different type of office building
Darling Quarter is a true integration of urban design, architecture, and landscape architecture toward the creation of a public place within the City. We have sought to enhance the joy and beauty of Darling Harbour, one of the most popular public places in Australia, and to do so in a way that imbues it with a sense of quality and permanence. Darling Quarter is where the western edge of the City and the Park meet and is celebrated in a series of defined public spaces, including a pedestrian boulevard, parklands, gateway, children's playground and activated edges lined with cafes and restaurants.
This is a very different type of office building in a very special location. It is an architecture of human scale, natural materials and of a warmth of character appropriate to this very public parkland location. The long gently curving facade defines and enhances the public realm with a warmth and transparency unusual in any commercial building. The mullions are made of natural timber and irregularly spaced like rows of trees in a forest. The different scales of the east and west wings respond to and reflect the varying scale of the park and city, united and resolved through the curved roof that draws natural light to the interior.
These long forms of timber and glass, capped by the gentle curves and scalloped apertures of the roof, create a background to the parkland and a foreground to the rising city beyond, uniting the two in a new public place, Darling Quarter. The project extends its sustainability objectives beyond the achievement of credits to focus on occupant well-being and the creation of an enabling, supportive and ultimately inspiring place to work, generate and exchange ideas.