The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre was a refurbishment project I worked on over three years at Cox Richardson. Such a massive facility composed of three buildings that needed unifying into one cohesive centre. It has recently been announced that the whole lot will be demolished to make way for a whole new much larger offering, to compete with other newer centres in the region.
The challenge was not only the sheer scale, but to contemporise a Brutalist style building without being fashionable, so that it still is a blank canvas for a whole variety of branded conferences and trade shows. Large panels of white glass sit floating on the off-form concrete walls to create “fast’ transition zones that bounce light around and contrast the concrete texture.
Blue glass was used to connect the facility to the harbour in the lift lobbies and lounges.
Floating illuminated white glass ceiling blades emphasize the directional axis of the three buildings and lead patrons through.
The use of bold block colour in the carpets and glass wall panels avoids competing with the quality concrete finish and the significant Australian art collection.
Entries into the more intimate hospitality spaces are signified with deep orange colour-back glass panels, that also reference the 13 metre long, custom created Tim Storrier painting.