Concept image of Darwing Studios from street view

DA Approved

Darwin Studios

Creating a co-living space environment that respects tradition and brings people together.

Proposed street view for Darwin Studios
Proposed street view
Elevation render of Darwin Studios
Elevation render

Set on the most central blocks in the Darwin CBD, this high-density housing project was designed to provide affordable living for people looking to access employment opportunities in the region.

The Larrakia people are the traditional landowners of the Darwin region, so DACCA looked to understand the Larrakia culture when formulating a design response. In particular, we learned the Larrakia year is divided into seven main seasons, based on changes in rainfall and what bush food is available for the season.

South east 3d view of ground floor for Darwin Studios
South east 3d view of ground floor

Concept & Design

DACCA's design for building took cues from the Larrakia people's reverence for land and weather systems, using large overhanging roofs and solar and wind breaks. The materiality was also informed by the area's natural vegetation, creating a green liveable building that embraces its tropical location.

A collage of ideas and inspirations that informed DACCA's design for Darwin Studios

Keen to foster a sense of connection and community to enhance the wellbeing of residents, our design provides opportunities for regular interactions in indoor and outdoor communal areas – including a ground floor café and pool.

Proposed ground floor plan for Darwin Studios
Proposed ground floor plan
Proposed level 1 to 8 floor plan for Darwin Studios
Left: Proposed level 1 floor plan. Right: Proposed level 2 to 8 floor plan
Typical unit layout of a Darwin Studio
Typical unit layout

In keeping with the Northern Territory Government's goal to minimise construction costs, our design was set up to ensure the studios could be built using modular construction techniques.

North elevation of Darwin Studios
North elevation
East elevation of Darwin Studios
East elevation

Contact Us

Tony Maluccio

Nominated Architect 9248 (Antonio Maluccio)

+61 405 201 700

18-20 Victoria Street, Erskineville, NSW 2043

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