Australia Place Lobby Refurbishment | COX Architecture

Australia Place Lobby Refurbishment | COX Architecture | Photographer: Jack Lovel

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

Australia Place Lobby Refurbishment | COX Architecture

Traditional Land Owners
Whadjuk People of the Nyoongar Nation

Western Australia

Interior Architecture
Mondoluce Lighting Award (WA)
Hoskins Contracting
Jack Lovel
Project summary

Australia Place is a highly considered lobby experience that celebrates art, light and texture. At the heart of the project is a previously concealed existing stained-glass window now braced by black quartzite to become a beacon set deep within the lobby. The white Carrara marble that wraps lining the walls opposite, create a texture symbolic of a curtain, creating a secondary back drop for the lobby.

A focus was placed on providing low level mood lighting to the voluminous lobby space to create a sense of intimacy, comfort and privacy. The lobby is delineated with bespoke joinery and key furniture selected to provide an array of user experiences. The feature ceiling pendant lights anchor the lounge space centred within the lobby whilst the loose furniture and fixed high bench joinery adjacent to the glass curtain wall offers café patrons another experience and welcoming transition into a revitalised lobby experience.

Western Australia Architecture Awards Accolades
Commendation for Interior Architecture
The Mondoluce Lighting Award (WA)
Western Australia Jury Citation

The Mondoluce Award for Lighting

Australia Place Lobby Refurbishment uses applied lighting as the essence of the concept for this augmentation of a tired 1980’s foyer into a layered understanding of scale, light, and materiality. Giving much needed presence to the street, this urban room has been enlivened through a careful application of materials and sophisticated detailing of lighting.

Lighting scales the space creating a datum which lowers perspective and affords comfort at the base levels of the volume. Rhythmic lighting elements and deep contrast frame the beautiful stained-glass composition. The materials and lighting selections work in unison to softly fold the light away offering guests an intimacy and richness in small pockets within a greater space. The central warmth irradiates to the external canopy and extends towards and engages with the street.

A refurbishment that moves away from the bright and the nauseating, towards the sensory and the calm, in which shadows are as important as the light itself.

Commendation for Interior Architecture

The refurbishment of the Lobby at Australia Place is a well-crafted and highly considered Interior intervention which elevates what was a tired corporate lobby into luxurious boutique hotel-like experience for the user. 

The discovery and reveal of a once-hidden Robert Juniper stained-glass window by the design team creates a powerful focal point of light and colour at the rear of the space which compliments the moody atmosphere of the lobby itself. Material texture and format have been carefully detailed and reward the astute returning user. 

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Forth Consulting, Structural Engineer
LCI, Services Consultant
Marshall Day Acoustics, Acoustic Consultant
Resolve Group, Building Surveyor
See Design Studio, Landscape Consultant
Xero Fire & Risk, Fire Engineering

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Australia Place Lobby Refurbishment | COX Architecture | Photographer: Jack Lovel

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