Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Darling Island in Sydney, Australia by Tony Owen Partners
October 18th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Tony Owen Partners
Giant Fractal Jelly Fish feature in the new public areas designed by Tony Owen for one of Sydney’s premier addresses.
However, it was always agreed that the lobbies and public areas were not up to the standard of the rest of the development. They were bare and ordinary with no sense of luxury or style at all. The lobbies all have stunning harbour views, so it was a missed opportunity to do something spectacular. As a blank canvas, this was a great opportunity. Tony Owen was part of the original team that designed the project for PTW, so this was a chance to come back and complete the project.
The brief was to create entry spaces with a sense of exclusivity that reached the standard of the rest of the development. At the same time the design had to be efficient. Whilst the body corporate had accumulated a decent sinking fund, the budget was still very tight and we had to be creative. We used luxurious materials such as stone, bronze mirror and unique Italian geometric tiles to create the feel of an exclusive boutique or hotel. The design also had to be iconic so people would say ‘Wow’ when they walked in. We designed special 5m long fractal light sculptures as the feature element for each lobby – a sort of a 21st century jelly fish. At night these jelly-fish glow and are a beacon for the project.
The lights were built by Yellow Goat who specialize in unique lighting installations. We also used laser cut screens to mark the entries of each lobby in a unique way. The design was created by artist Gary Dermeidjian and is based on the maritime artifacts found at the site. So they also contribute to the public art for the development. The project was constructed by Join Constructions.
The entry and public spaces are the first thing people see when they walk in and are the main experience people have of a building. This project shows that there is potential on many projects to spend a relatively small amount of money to completely renovate and update a building. For the owners it is like getting a whole new building, and is a big help for re-sales in the current market.’
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