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2 Darling Street is currently an existing ‘on grade’ car park of a site area of 6,550m2 that would be fully demolished prior to the the construction of a contemporary six-storey commercial development comprising circa 11,486m² nett lettable area and on-site basement level car parking for 174 cars.

The robust architectural form of the building, designed by Bates Smart is characterised by a horizontal ‘cut’ from Darling Street through to Windsor Walk. This building expression provides through site connectivity and entry definition. The softened/curved building corners provide for improved pedestrian flow and the preservation of existing views from the adjacent Little National Hotel library. At levels 2 – 5, the building extends out over the Darling Street road reservation. This encroachment provides for improved precinct definition and improves the visibility and presence of the new building at the Darling Street cul-de-sac. It also allows for the creation of a new urban plaza between the proposed building and the adjacent Little National Hotel.

Glass curtain building façades will define the character of the building, which will be complemented by a sophisticated landscaping palette both at ground level and above at levels 4–5. The proposed upper level planting will soften the visual impact from the adjacent Little National Hotel and provide a buffer to the internal operations of the new building.

Currently under planning assessment by the National Capital Authority, constriction is scheduled to commence mid-2022 and will target both 5 star Nabers energy and 5 star Design and As Built Greenstar ratings.

  • CATEGORY Commercial 
  • Location 2 Darling Street Barton ACT 
  • ARCHITECT Bates Smart 
  • AREA 11,486m²
  • commencement date Late 2022
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