Situated at the busy intersection of Cavenagh and Knuckey Streets the site forms an important milestone in the regeneration of the local area. Darwin's northern tropical climate presented specific challenges — soaring temperatures, cyclonic winds and heavy rainfall all had to be considered, as did the remote location.
The scheme is designed for Darwin’s specific climate. A deep canopy offers ample protection from both sun and rain, whilst the recessed ground level accommodates a retail colonnade and a generous entry to the main lobby. The building design adopts a side core confguration where services, lifts and amenities along the northern boundary to take advantage of the 3 street frontages of Litchfield, Cavenagh & Knuckey Streets on the east, south and western boundaries. This allows flexible floor plates to extend outwards with views across the city to the waterfront beyond.
In 2021, Manunda Place was awarded "The Peter Dermoudy Aaward for Commercial Architecture" at the Australian Institute of Architects NT Chapter Awards - the highest honour in the category.