Government Fitout - Civic | COX Architecture

Government Fitout - Civic | COX Architecture | Photographer: Ben Wrigley

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Government Fitout - Civic | COX Architecture

Traditional Land Owners
Ngunnawal People

Australian Capital Territory

Interior Architecture
Construction Control
Ben Wrigley
Project summary

COX engaged with the client project team to explore and discuss wider insights, learnings, and aspirations for this opportunity to redesign the building interior, in order to provide a contemporary workplace with high levels of functionality and amenity while also supporting discreetly integrated security needs.

As a result of this process, we produced a well-organised, simply design that would serve the users immediately after completion and well into the future as the department evolves.

ACT Architecture Awards Accolades
The W Hayward Morris Award for Interior Architecture (ACT)
ACT Jury Citation

The workplace fitout of Civic Quarter 2 is testament to the architectural designers and consultants pushing the envelope and innovating within the practical requirements of a large-scale commercial office. Working together, the team has created a building where the central atrium and floors that engage with it are dramatic and inviting. Designing within the complex fire safety requirements, multiple floors look out and engage with the atrium void. The balconies become zones for inhabitation, while the inter-level stairs promote active circulation for the occupants.

The interiors of each level are thoughtfully influenced by and designed to represent the functional divisions of the government client where nature’s colours become the background themes for the fit-out. The main breakout spaces, co-located on a lower level are experimental in their materiality while being highly resolved in their execution. The natural colour palette combined with the mix of structural timber framing, tinted rockcote render and functional furniture and joinery become an inviting space to collaborate together or work in quiet isolation.

Government Fitout – CQ2 exceptionally demonstrates the strength of the integrated fitout to deliver excellent design outcomes for both the built environment and the building’s occupants.

Project Practice Team

Alyssa Valenton, Senior Interior Designer
Jeremy Medlock, Interior Designer
Karen Clutson, Project Director
Kate Lowth, Interior Designer
Kelly Finnis, Interior Designer
Monique Cox, Interior Design Student
Nada Michelin-Jones, Architectural Technician
Sonia Palmer, Project Lead

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Forcefield Services, Security Consultant
LCI Consultants, Building Services
LIT Consulting, Fire Consultant
May + Russell Architects, Base Building Architects
Pulse, Acoustic Consultant
Wilde & Wollard, Quantity Surveyor

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Government Fitout - Civic | COX Architecture | Photographer: Ben Wrigley

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