New Life Darling Harbour, Sydney

New Life Darling Harbour, Sydney

Architectus won the design competition for TWT Group’s prestigious mixed-use development, NewLife Darling Harbour, located at 495 Harris Street, Ultimo.

Strategically located opposite the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre and next to the Ultimo Community Centre, the site was once the headquarters of Tabcorp for many years and offers one of the last substantial development opportunities in the suburb.

The winning design shows a multi-layered building that steps down from nine-storeys along Harris Street to six levels facing Bulwara Lane. Conceptually it allows for a total of 213 two-level terraces with street level access, and apartments ranging from studios to three-bedrooms. Ground floor retail/commercial space and two basement levels for vehicles and bicycles, bringing the Gross Floor Area to around 21 000 m2. 

The jury was impressed by Architectus’ contemporary interpretation of the site’s semi-industrial history, which includes a large open-air courtyard and a purpose-built laneway running from Harris Street through to Bulwara Road.

An important element is the creation of a number of ‘slots’ and walkways into the development that allow passers-by to see in, and residents to look out, and which brings light and sunshine into the courtyard.

Project Sheet

Project Summary

TWT Property Group
Ultimo, NSW
Floor area
21 000 m2 GFA
September 2019
Brendan Randles


  • Design competition winner