Charles Darwin Centre
Work / Workplace
‘Darwin is the home of Paspaley and we feel that it is ready for a world class development of this kind.’
Nicholas Paspaley
AIA Awards Wins 2016

Continuing the winning theme, we were delighted the Charles Darwin Centre in Darwin earned a Commercial Architecture Award at the AIA Awards (NT Chapter) in early July 2016. 

The Secret to Ed Clode's Success

‘Ed Clode has a reputation for tenacity and an uncompromising pursuit for quality architecture. He has contributed to the integrity of the public and private life of our city and beyond.’ 

The new 20 storey Charles Darwin Centre for Paspaley proposes an iconic lens shaped building giving Darwin a unique sculptural form on its skyline.  dwp|suters is working in alliance with Pei Cobb Freed (New York), who demonstrated to the Darwin City Council and the Northern Territory Government a full range of planning options, winning approval for this outstanding non-conforming design solution.

The tower design maximises superb views of the Darwin waterfront.  The regular 1,200 sqm column-free floor plates, meet the needs of both the client and the Northern Territory Government as tenants.  Theheritage façade is maintained as the shopfront for Paspaley Pearls, establishing an appropriately sophisticated termination point for the mall.  The commercial tower is carefully oriented to minimise the impact of its scale on this active streetscape, providing 15,000sqm of lettable space.  The tower is clad in prefinished metallic panels and high performance glass with horizontal sun shades that reduce energy consumption in Darwin’s intense tropical climate to achieve a five star NABERS rating.

‘Darwin is the home of Paspaley and we feel that it is ready for a world class development of this kind.’            Nicholas Paspaley


client Paspaley Pearls Properties

location Darwin, NT, Australia

project area 20 levels, 150,000sqm

project value Undisclosed

completion 2015

collaboration Pei Cobb Freed, New York