31 Queen Street
In the heart of Melbourne, the designers of Gray Puksand were able to deliver a new refresh approach to the refurbishment of a building foyer and street facade with a balance of modern and traditional design techniques. To ensure the viability of the building, the new identity was an essential component of the renewal process. As spatial constructs are more or less defined by existing parameters and the expected life span is approximately 15 years, refurbishment of the 31 Queen Street foyer space is akin to the approach of set design. In this case the performance is the day to day activity of tenants within the commercial environment.
The city is now a 24/7 entity, where it’s important to ‘market’ such addresses outside of traditional building hours. Coming to life at night as a sculptural space to street view assists with the significance of the place.
A number of elements have been implemented to strengthen the building appearance from street view. Externally it has received a dynamic facelift with the installation of a sculptural canopy. Designed in association with artist and sculptor Dan Templeman, the new canopy provides a new identity and presence at street level. A pure abstraction form to ‘go with the flow’ on one hand, yet ‘critique’ the geometry of the existing building on the other.
Internally, a folding wall of Corian® and internally-lit perforated metal panels surround and reinvigorate the core. With lighting, the core wall punches out into the street, creating an impact both during the day and night, providing a strong aura and connection to the outside. The purity and abstraction of form adds a three dimensional layer to what is typically a flat plane. According the designers of Gray Puksand, flexibility, seamlessness and consistency of finish were key elements to the design; and Corian® enabled them to achieve all these important elements.
Microsoft, North Sydney
Located within 1 Denison Street in North Sydney, the new Microsoft Australia Head Office breaks the mould of a traditional workplace and is a fully immersive experience. Thanks to the collective expertise of the GroupGSA team. Microsoft’s hybrid office experience features intelligent lighting, robotics and advanced workplace occupancy sensors linked to Microsoft platforms. The 10,000sqm […]
Corian® on show in Sydney’s luxurious Opera Residences
Positioned to enjoy the most iconic views of Sydney, the Opera Residences at Bennelong Point reflects design and style that is true to Sydney’s wealth of architectural talent. Designed by Tzannes Architects, in collaboration with Interior Designers, Make and Executive Architects Crone; style and elegance resonates throughout, and incorporates the creator’s passion for light, space […]
This island getaway renovation project blends practical high-end materials with sophisticated organic design techniques and the latest technologies to create an elegantly timeless and serene weekend escape for the client. The overall design brief for the project was to creatively transform the existing beach house into a very open and subdued glamorous island retreat that […]
The key to the success of this modern, minimalist kitchen was to split the kitchen island into two equal parts, to allow for good circulation and access. It also created a stunning design statement. The two feature Corian® islands in this kitchen are mirror images of each other. They have a waterfall at one end […]
Alicia Xiberras Interiors recently completed design works for the reception and change room facilities at Atmosphere Signature, Napean River. The health and fitness centre is designed to be unlike anything ever experienced before, with world-class facilities, technologies and innovations throughout the club. The use of Corian® for the gym reception counter, bathroom vanities and foyer bench […]
McDonald’s Sydney International Airport
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Hotel Sofitel Brussels, Le Louise, Belgium
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St Vincents Private Hospital
Corian® was selected as the primary wall lining material for the refurbishment of Operating Rooms at St Vincents Private Hospital Sydney, following a collaborative prototyping process including rigorous bacterial, chemical, stain and impact resistance testing. Critically, the seamless joining capabilities of Corian® allowed the walls to be constructed without any visible conventional joints which are natural weak points […]