The Darling Quarter precinct project with its interactive playspace in Sydney has been awarded the top design award in the Asia pacific region by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA).

The project won the President’s Award from the IFLA Asia Pacific Region, its highest possible design award.

The interactive water playspace is the centre piece of the public space design and is the first of its kind in Australia.

This public space award complements the recent recognition for the project at the World Architecture Festival where it was awarded “Best Commercial Building’.

To date the project has won 16 awards, as it has been recognised for revitalising the city edge of Sydney, and delivering a high level of innovation in terms of its ‘place making’ and building social infrastructure with people focussed outcomes.

Project details:

  • Lead Consultant / Landscape Architect: ASPECT Studios
  • Client / Owner: Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Lend Lease
  • Collaborating Architects and Engineers: FJMT, Lend Lease Design, SJB, Deuce Design, ARUP, Hyder Consulting, Waterforms International

The International Federation of Landscape Architects is a body representing Landscape Architects worldwide. Its stated purpose is to coordinate the activities of member associations when dealing with global issues, and to ensure that the profession of landscape architecture continues to prosper as it continues to effect the design and management of the environment.


Images courtesy ASPECT