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Darling Island Apartments

Darling Island is one of the most desirable waterfront sites in Sydney with direct water frontage on three sides and panoramic views of the city.

The development consisted of three buildings, 5-6 storeys tall, with a park in the middle. Two of these were linear waterfront buildings in the style of a Sydney wharf. The third was a masonry building with northerly water views over the park.

The redevelopment contained basement parking over two levels for 200 cars, a 20 metre pool and a gymnasium.

The elements of the buildings’ design were devised to minimise energy consumption and maximise environmental performance.

The apartments took maximum advantage of passive solar design enjoying excellent solar access combined with operable shading protecting all window openings, maximising solar penetration in the winter and minimising excessive heat loads in summer.

In addition, all the apartments were cross-ventilated.

The materials selected were chosen for their performance characteristics in the demanding maritime conditions of Sydney Harbour.


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The design of the apartments takes maximum advantage of the unique location and microclimate
The buildings relate to the historic wharves that still exist on Sydney Harbour


Gommerigal Country, Darling Island, Sydney, NSW, Australia