South Wharf Tower Business Lounge | Craig Tan Architects

South Wharf Tower Business Lounge | Craig Tan Architects | Photographer: Eve Wilson

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

South Wharf Tower Business Lounge | Craig Tan Architects

Traditional Land Owners
Wurundjeri
Year
2023
Chapter

Victoria

Category
Small Project Architecture
The Dimity Reed Melbourne Prize (VIC)
Builder
NPM (VIC) Pty Ltd
Photographer
Eve Wilson
Project summary

South Wharf Tower is a reinvigoration of a once tired and cold office lobby into an immersive experience. Inspired to make the entry experience an uplifting journey, a holistic ensemble of three sensory episodes; a business lounge; intimate seating area; and the lift lobby, were nested within the existing lobby, making it a place to be. In the glazed business lounge, clever layering of screens and dados, with nested pavilions, and loose furniture vignettes creates a loose and feathered space with undertones of residential intimacy.

The intimacy of the seating area works in counterpoint to the business lounge, whilst the timber lined lift lobby offers a crescendo of timber tactility and a sense of expansiveness at the culmination of the journey. Creating a unique sensory entry experience, the business lounge has provided massive uplift for the landlord and tenants alike.

Victorian Jury Presentation

In the post lockdown era, the upgrades to the lobby of South Wharf Tower have been critical to attracting and maintaining the best tenants. The design has deftly transformed the lobby from a once cold and inhospitable space into an uplifting and comfortable space for our tenants to meet, collaborate, and use as a third space.

By also holistically solving the lobby fire egress issue, they have dramatically increased the value of the whole asset. We are delighted with the outcome, and are currently working with Craig Tan Architects to uplift further levels of the tower.

Project Practice Team

Craig Tan, Design Architect
Diem Le, Project Lead
Tessa Williamson, Project Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Adams Engineering, Structural Engineer
Chris McGinn, Graphic Designer
Focused Fire Engineering, Fire Engineer
Stantec, Structural Engineer
Steve Watson & Partners, Building Surveyor

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South Wharf Tower Business Lounge | Craig Tan Architects | Photographer: Eve Wilson

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