Sydney Exhibition Centre

Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales

The Sydney Exhibition Centre was the first major exhibition centre to be built in Australia. It was one of three public buildings undertaken by the practice in the Darling Harbour Redevelopment, adjacent to Sydney’s Central Business District.

The Centre comprised five inter-connected halls, each of 5,000 square metres. The concept for the centre principally arose from four objectives:

  • It continued the tradition of structurally innovative exhibition centres
  • It continued the tradition of structurally innovative exhibition centres
  • It established an integral relationship with a new park stretched along one frontage
  • It conveyed a distinctive maritime theme conducive to a historic harbour port, and It achieved 100 metre spans without creating a massively scaled edifice.

These objectives were met by a continuous mast and cable structure, which proved to be both economical and allowed a low horizontal scale to be developed.

  • Awards
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Excellence in Construction, Master Builders Association 2007

Sir John Sulman Medal, RAIA NSW 1989

World Quaternario Award Finalist 1988

Commendation in Building and Civil Design, National Engineering Excellence Awards 1988

Client
Darling Harbour Authority
Project Status
Completed, 1985-1988
Contractor / Builder
Leighton Contractors
Cost
$80,000,000
Gross Floor Area
25,000m2