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The public areas of the Darling Island Apartments in Sydney have been revitalised in this project to deliver a spectacular and luxurious entrance that embraces the buildings’ stunning harbour views.
Originally designed in 2004 by PTW Architects with Tony Owen Partners, the Darling Island Apartments is a prestigious development at the western side of Darling Harbour. However, the lobbies and public areas were bare and ordinary and lacked a sense of luxury. The brief for this project was to create entry spaces with a sense of exclusivity that reached the standard of the rest of the development, while also delivering an efficient design.
On a small budget, the eight lobbies now feature luxurious materials such as stone, bronze mirror and striking geometric Italian tiles to create the feel of an exclusive hotel. A series of 5-metre-long fractal light sculptures act as the feature element in each lobby, with digital technologies used to produce the geometric form. Laser-cut screens mark the entries to each lobby, with an intricate design inspired by the maritime artifacts found at the site, created by artist Gary Dermeidijan.
Team Designers: Tony Owen Partners; Lighting manufacturers: Yellow Goat; Screen construction: Join Constructions
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