A contemporary building for the tropics.


To reinvigorate Darwin’s urban precinct. Situated at the busy intersection of Cavenagh and Knuckey Streets in Darwin’s CBD, this urban regeneration project was to suit the northern tropical climate of Darwin. We were required to carefully consider site-specific design strategies to address climate and urban requirements.


We established a scheme that was weather-appropriate to suit Darwin’s yearly heavy rainfalls and soaring temperatures. Careful landscaping and a recessed façade on ground level as well as placement of a broad canopy along the ground floor perimeter provides adequate protection from both sun and rain. The floor layout of the building was strategically ordered, with service spaces placed on the north-western boundary of the site.The interplay between architectural design, landscaping and environment was a crucial aspect we employed to highlight and revitalise the city’s tropical sense of place.