The Darling

Pyrmont, Sydney, New South Wales

The Darling is a 5 star 171 room hotel located within Pyrmont and an iconic addition to the adjacent ‘The Star’ entertainment complex. The project was secured through a Department of Planning managed architectural competition process.

The design clarifies and enhances public movement at street level around and through the hotel as well as through the adjacent complex. Critically Pyrmont’s Union Square is re-connected to Sydney harbour and a key public transport interchange via these urban manoeuvres.

The hotel lobby/atrium itself is treated as a ‘through site’ link with dual entries – encouraging public permeability and directly linking the lobby to the Darling Harbour entertainment precinct.

The atrium contains active uses including cafe, bars, restaurants which enhance the public domain, encourage public use and extend Union Street’s relaxed café and bar activity.

The carefully scaled podium relates positively to the surrounding historic streetscape via its extensive, robust but contemporary use of sandstone; while the tower presents a positive and memorable form to Sydney Harbour, and particularly in its iconic gesture towards the Pyrmont Bridge pedestrian approach from the CBD.

The Darling
The Darling
The Darling
The Darling
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Best International New Hotel for Construction and Design, International Hotel Awards 2012

Best New Hotel Asia Pacific (Design + Construction), International Hotel Awards 2012

Echo Entertainment
Project Status
Completed, 2007-2011
Key Consultants
Brookfield Multiplex, Taylor Thomson Whitting, AECOM, Steve Paul & Partners, Cundall, Tract Consultants
Contractor / Builder
Brookfield Multiplex
Gross Floor Area
Claudio Aravena Mesías
Monica Edwards
Paddy Williams