Our client sought a new building to reinvigorate a key site within Darwin’s urban precinct. Situated at the busy intersection of Cavenagh and Knuckey it would form an important milestone in the regeneration of the local area. Darwin's northern tropical climate presented specific challenges — soaring temperatures, cyclone winds and heavy rainfall all had to be considered — as did the remote location.
The scheme is designed for Darwin’s specific climate. A deep canopy offers ample protection from both sun and rain, whilst the recessed ground level accommodates a retail colonnade and a generous entry to the main lobby. Services are consolidated in the basement and towards the laneway, and along the north-west boundary of the commercial levels. This allows flexible floor plates to extend outwards with views across the city to the waterfront beyond. A series of atrium spaces cut through the building providing a great workplace for the Northern Territory Government tenants.
Manunda Place was awarded: "The PETER DERMOUDY AWARD for COMMERCIAL ARCHITECTURE" at the Australian Institute of Architects NT Chapter Awards - the highest honour in the category! The building was described by the Jury as: "...a confident, restrained piece of architecture; whose success lies not in grand gestures, but in getting the fundamentals of good design and placemaking right; …a new benchmark for future NT commercial architecture."