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So much more than bricks and mortar

At Urbanest, we understand that a building is not complete when the final brick is laid.

Case in point, Urbanest Darling Square and Urbanest Darling House.

These two buildings were conceived as a pair with project architects AJ+C and share an architectural west facing elevation known as the “City Wall”. This façade has deep set openings like the robust forms of the Powerhouse Museum and historic wool stores in the district. In contrast, the eastern and northern side of the buildings uses glazing and faceted metal panels to create a striking shimmering light effect. But we didn’t stop there.

Enter the artist

We originally commissioned Mulga (AKA Joel Moore), a Sydney based artist known for his unique style of intricate line work and bright colours to enhance our cinema and game rooms at Urbanest Darling Square. Mulga is creating a world of funky characters – many wearing his signature tropical sunglasses – from bearded men and magical gorillas, to pink flamingos! We knew these leisure spaces would benefit from his artwork.

Intricate lines that enhance spaces

Designed for student’s these social spaces were successfully uplifted by the Mulga prints, helping to create break out areas for down time between study. Seeking continuity for the interiors of the second building, Urbanest Darling House, we once again incorporated Mulga’s artwork within our neighbourhood lounges and social areas throughout.

international student social lounge featuring Mulga print  international student accomodation featuring Mulga artwork

International student accommodation featuring Mulga artwork  International student accomodation featuring Mulga print

Tropical fruit in palm tree sunnies

Fast forward to last Thursday and Mulga was onsite once again! Thanks to Brad Genet, our Facilities Coordinator, residents had the opportunity to paint with the artist in the courtyard between Urbanest Darling Square and Urbanest Darling House as he transformed the table-tennis table with an original “Funky Fruit” mural

Brad knew the POPP table-tennis table had been in storage for a few years, so he hoped the revamped table and outdoor cinema would reinvigorate this zone and help residents utilize this area.

The result was an engaging activation, where our residents and broader visitors to the Darling Square precinct were welcome to interact with the artist, enjoy the music, dance and of course – as with many of our student events – it’s always more fun with pizza!

Check out the video. Let us know what you think of the space & new table!

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