Darling Square’s new civic building takes shape

Sydney, 9 October 2018: Wrapped in almost 20km of timber, The Exchange, Sydney’s newest landmark building at Darling Square, is well underway with the final pieces of timber due to be fitted next month.

At the site of the former Entertainment Centre at Chinatown, The Exchange will be a six-storey mixed-use building scheduled to open mid next year.

It will include a ground floor food and beverage destination with Chinese restaurant Golden Century as the anchor mezzanine tenant. Levels one and two will house a City of Sydney library to connect the community with information, ideas and resources to help foster innovation and creative ideas. The Darling Square library will be four times larger than the current Haymarket library.

A childcare facility on levels three and four will be leased to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. The level five rooftop offering has views of the Sydney CBD skyline, the Chinese Garden of Friendship and Darling Harbour.

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“The Exchange is the result of a bold vision – it’s a place created to bring people together to enjoy today and for generations to come,” states Neil Arckless, Project Director, Urban Regeneration “At the centre of a thriving new neighbourhood, The Exchange building represents our broader placemaking methodology in action. It builds on what the local community and visitors want by integrating diverse offerings – from a market food hall to a state-of-the-art library.”

“I don’t think there is anything else like it in the CBD,” said Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore. “The Exchange is Japanese architect Kengo Kuma’s first project in Australia, creating a stunning structure which will reflect the diverse and interesting activities that will go on within the building.”

“By collaborating with Lendlease, we have secured two floors of The Exchange for the Darling Square Library, which will focus on technology, creativity, innovators and entrepreneurs, and feature a collection of approximately 30,000 items, a children’s area, makerspace, and $10 million fit-out by interior architects Bligh Voller Nield. “I look forward to officially opening the new Darling Square Library next year.”

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