1 July 2013 — Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp’s Darling Quarter project has taken out the Milo Dunphy Sustainable Architecture award at the Australian Institute of Architects’ NSW Architecture Awards.

The development also took out a number of other awards, including the Lloyd Rees Award for Urban Design, the Sir Arthur G. Stephenson Award for Commercial Architecture and the inaugural City of Sydney Lord Mayor’s Prize.

The Sustainable Architecture jury said Darling Quarter established a benchmark for the creation of sustainable urban precincts with a shared government, private and corporate vision.

“While the list of passive and active design features is extensive, this award recognises the project’s transformation of an under-used urban area to a thriving destination for locals, city workers and tourists, and its potential to change the behaviour of how people work,” the jury said.

“Central to the brief is a contemporary workplace that reinforces people, innovation and sustainability. A central atrium acts as the symbolic heart of the workplace, visually integrating the multi-levels and serving as the primary connective element through a series of cantilevered stairs, bridges and expressed glass lifts.

“Ground floor cafes and restaurants, a major new children’s playground, and a community green extend the traditional workplace as an enabling, supportive, human and inspiring place to work.

“While its sustainability credentials as a commercial building are strong in isolation, as a precinct it is transformative.”

In awarding her inaugural prize, City of Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore said: “Darling Quarter is a model of sustainability, with trigeneration, black water treatment and energy saving systems. Its achievements in sustainability are matched by its urban design achievements and its contribution to urban vitality.

“Darling Quarter is a most welcome addition to the city.”