International Towers Sydney Tower 2 Lobby
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International Towers Sydney Tower 2 Lobby

Woods Bagot
Trevor Mein

It is the rare combination of private nooks, causal meeting spaces and formal zones with a grand promenade and a monumental architectural elements that makes this projects conceptually unique.

It is, however, the beautiful materiality that balances these elements, to allow scale and intimacy to coexist, that has been so excellently resolved by Woods Bagot. Which to say nothing of the trees, which are magnificent.

Recognising that the experience of the visitors come as much from the finely tuned details as the large-scale statement pieces, International Towers Sydney Tower 2 Lobby is a celebration of public spaces.

In a era of "sector-blur", where customer service in the workplace is drawn from hospitality and business travel, the lobby reflects myriad design choices that are visual, tactile, narratives.

Combining respect for its context and building design with an overlay of design choices that are visual, tactile, spatial and functional, the design recognises and acknowledges that the experience of the visitor comes as much from the finely tuned details as the large-scale statement pieces.

The Barangaroo South development is Sydney’s largest urban renewal project since the 2000 Olympic Games, housing three high-rise office towers, and areas dedicated to shopping dining and leisure

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so when global design and consulting firm Woods Bagot composed the entrance lobby for a high rise commercial tower in a groundbreaking $6 billion dollar development in Sydney, Australia, they knew their design had to make a splash; and it does.

he architects describe the newly unveiled area as a ‘celebration of a public space’. They aimed to create an atmosphere that supports public activity and offers a warm and ‘people friendly’ environment. The mosaic clad walls, which reach up to the full height of the high-ceilinged interior, work in harmony with the large monolithic reception desk that acts as a central focal point for the space. This desk, made out of white American oak creates the lobby's signature feel, with the material making multiple reappearances elsewhere, in the form of a series of room dividers that define several seating hubs dotted across the hall.

A central staircase winds down from the mezzanine levels to the ground floor, joining the two areas and providing a connection to the adjacent food hall. A warm and rich material palette creates a welcoming yet modern space, with flashes of marble used in tangent with luxurious tanned leather and bespoke BassamFellows seating.

The new lobby is situated within the ground floor of Tower 2, one of three towers located in the Barangaroo South development which is Sydney’s largest urban renewal project since the 2000 Olympic Games. The development, nestled in the downtown financial district, is coupled by two additional waterfront residential schemes, premium office spaces and a vibrant mix of zones dedicated to shopping, dining, and other leisure activities.

Woods Bagot wins two categories at the annual Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA)
Woods Bagot has taken out two categories at the 2016 Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), announced in Sydney on Friday 18th November. International Towers Sydney Tower 2 Lobby was recognised for Public Space, while the Woods Bagot Melbourne Studio was awarded best workplace over 1,000 sqm.

Held annually, IDEA is Australia’s largest and most successful independent design awards program celebrating the best of Australia’s interior and product design across 11 categories and five special awards. Now in its 14th year, IDEA showcases the best of Australian interior and product design, as well as the designers behind the work.

Woods Bagot Principal and Design Leader Bruno Mendes was delighted to receive news of the award win from Berlin where he was presenting the project at the World Festival of Interiors (INSIDE) last week.
“Given the extremely high calibre of the other shortlisted projects in the category, it is a great honour to have been awarded for our hard work. The win is made even more special due to the fact it is in recognition of a project very close to us - our own studio,” said Mendes.

“The simple notion of coming together drove our design concept to develop a central heart for the studio. We wanted to celebrate and foster the studio’s collective, collegiate spirit. To me the win shows us this idea has been successfully translated into the finished design.”

Winning the Public Space category, the lobby at International Towers Sydney Tower 2, is predicated on a sense of respect for the base building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

Woods Bagot Director Domenic Alvaro said a desire to work within the envelope of the architecture led to a design outcome that combines respect for its context with rigorous thinking and quality of delivery.
“As a team we are very proud of the International Towers project and it’s wonderful to see that our passion has resonated with the judging panel. It is always humbling to be acknowledged for the work you produce.”

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