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Brief for Contest

The International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney)


  • Design a new International Convention Centre for Sydney as part of the specified 19 Hectare area of Darling Harbour Live project. 
  • The site is split into two main areas – Bayside and Parkside.  The site currently contains two structures – one at Bayside and the other at Parkside.  The structure at Parkside is situated underneath the overpasses for the A4 Western Distributor Freeway. 
  • Incorporate demolition of the existing Convention Centre Building structures from Bayside and Parkside to establish a new Convention Centre covering the existing area (Bayside and Parkside).
  • The ground cover area for the new ICC is 19,000 square meters.
  • Design one unified building model for both the Bayside and Parkside areas of the site, taking into account the existing road infrastructure of the site (A4 Freeway) which must not be altered.
  • Total convention capacity to facilitate more than 12,000 people. It should include separate convention spaces for up to 2,500, up to 1,000 and up to 750 people
  • Design various spaces like Grand Halls, Lounges, Boardrooms, Offices, Auditoriums, Gallery, Conventional Spaces (Bayside and Parkside), Terrace, Promenade, Ballroom, different meeting rooms etc. and design them as they could be facilitate various purpose like Theatre style, Classroom style, Cocktails, Banquet etc.
  • Design total meeting room space in Australia at 7370 Sqm. to 8,000 Sqm. across more than 40 rooms
  • Extra 2500Sqm. space for next generation of conventions near to the Exhibition Space
  • Design Sydney's largest ballroom should be capable of accommodating 2,000 people
  • Convex space of 3,000 Sqm  within the Convention Centre
  • Design a 5,000 Sqm. Event Deck providing a high quality dedicated outdoor event venue showcasing Sydney's spectacular city and harbour views.
  • Design around 2,000 Sqm.  Exhibition space in Convention centre .
  • Provide Electrical, mechanical (HVAC), Fire safety, Plumbing, Telecommunication, Cat 5 Network etc. utilities.
  • Design should be in compliance with Green star Level 6 Star as set out by the GBCA
  • There is an existing underground car parking garage beneath the neighbouring ICC Exhibition Centre building structure. You should extend this facility underneath the Parkside area of the site to add space for 400 cars. Entry and egress should be located off of Darling Drive.


Design Requirements

    • Design requirements are provided in multiple formats as follows:
  • Gross areas may be varied by  +/- 10%


Required Material

  • Model files: one or more coordinated IFC files for different AEC Discipline for each individual Building model
  • A federated set of BIM models in IFC format <teamname>_<Buildingname>_<discipline>.ifc
  • No need to duplicate site context model provided.
  • Images: a sequence of up to 20 images <teamname>_01.jpg to_20.jpg
  • First: introduction
  • Six focused on explaining the design
  • Six focused on collaboration and experience
  • Six focused on technical assessments
  • Last: participants
  • Optional Movie: movie <teamname>.mp3/avi
  • no longer than 2 minutes
  • A3 sized 2D representations and reports <teamname>_01.pdf to _05.pdf
  • Not more than 5
  • Detail Document about Area, Volume, Ceiling material, Ceiling height, Floor material, Floor Height, Door-window Schedule, Quantities of material and various elements, Cost Schedule etc.
  • Detail Document about recommended capacities (Pax.) of each individual space for different specific event like capacities for Theatre style, Classroom style, Cocktails, Banquet etc.



    • Use of BIM for Design, Drama and Excitement
  • design impact and clarity
  • compliance to the brief
  • the best presentation to explain the design
    • Multi-disciplinary BIM  & use of Interoperability
  • involvement of multiple disciplines and applications
  • use of technology to 'check' the design
  • continuous updating of the ADODDLE collaboration server
    • Use of BIM for technical assessment
  • sustainability and use
  • constructability
  • business case and cost