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Challenge

The upgrade of the foyer of this A-grade commercial office tower needed to be consistent with its prominent position, tenant profile and market expectations.

 

 

A tight budget meant retaining and working with key existing elements including wall and floor finishes and making only minor modifications to perimeter glazing.

 

In addition to a number of functional and compliance upgrades, the real challenge was the requirement to incorporate a new 60-seat café environment, including the design of a new external terrace.

 

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Solution

Working with the best of the foyer’s existing features, including dark granite flooring and plentiful natural light, WMK strategically inserted new contemporary elements into the space to bring a new level of sophistication to the foyer.

 

A striking new 12 metre long café bench floats within the foyer space and integrates form and function into a single seamless unit. Externally, a sculptural timber deck appears to float on a base of exfoliated granite and is linked to the foyer via new, glazed bi-fold doors.

 

The deck’s ingenious design incorporates banquette seating, integrated planter boxes and a stair to the street providing access for passing traffic.

 

 

Other design upgrades include a new revolving glass entry door, DDA-compliant concierge desk, lighting and a dramatic, stainless steel signage blade which rises the full height of the space.

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Outcome

Overall, WMK delivered a cost-effective yet sophisticated design solution which transforms the arrival and entry experience at 1 Market Street.

 

In addition to attracting and retaining quality tenants, the refurbishment generates income for Investa and adds value to the underlying building asset as a whole.

 

The new café activates the foyer space, providing tenants with a stylish meeting and alternative working environment and creates a vibrant new destination in the Sydney CBD.

 

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