Bourke Street Facade, Lobby & EOT

Commercial 600m2 Complete 2017

Intriguing and undulating forms

With the constraints of the project brief requiring a retention of the prominent existing canopy, this CBD landmark’s reposition takes cues from the adjusted form, with sharp angles, and intriguing and undulating features in the canopy resolving through to the lobby space and the entire ground floor.

Redesign of the exterior frontage, the ground floor lobby and the end of trip facilities presented an opportunity to modernise the tired and dated façade. Being set back from Bourke Street meant an ever greater importance on the buildings ability to draw the eye in from the busy street.

Visually connecting the columns, the canopy and the entire ground floor, through consistent cladding and careful use of materials provides a resolved frontage, drawing people in from the street and bringing the building back in line with its more glamorous neighbours.

The canopy design update addressed both form and function, making it weather proof, and a true ‘canopy’ whilst utilising the soffit to play on the sharp and distinct angles of the structure. The undulating forms continue inside, interpreted through the use of Barrisol lightboxes. Presenting as triangular forms through the 5 meter high ceilings, and cascading down to the lift entry points, these lightboxes added a sense of drama to the entry and enhanced wayfinding through selective lighting.

“The improvement works delivered a commercially outstanding result for our client, with the building successfully sold shortly after the upgrade was complete.”  //  Mark Allan

Photography by Jaime Diaz-Berrio