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Kuma reveals designs for Sydney’s new civic centre

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Plans have been unveiled for a new civic centre in Sydney designed by Kengo Kuma 

The six-storey landmark building, which is Kuma’s first project in Australia, forms part of the $3.4 billion transformation of Darling Harbour.

The development will create a ‘vibrant village’ for around 4,200 residents and 2,500 workers. 

Kuma’s new timber-clad civic centre will house a library, a ground floor market hall, a childcare centre, a rooftop bar and restaurant and flexible working spaces for technology start-ups. 

An adjoining 2,700m2 public square is being designed by Aspect Studios. This will act as an extension of the building and will feature space for markets and pop-up stalls. 

Kengo Kuma, commented: ‘This is our first building in Australia and we are honoured to be the architect. Our aim is to achieve architecture that is as open and tangible as possible to the community, and this is reflected in the circular geometry that creates a building that is accessible and recognisable from multiple directions. The wooden screen wraps the exterior of the building in a dynamic and exciting manner, a historical reference to Darling Harbour originally being a hive of business activity and a focal point as a market exchange.’ 

The scheme has been submitted for planning and if granted the project is set to open in 2018.

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