SYDNEY CONVENTION CENTRE

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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.

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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.

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Blue glass was used to connect the facility to the harbour in the lift lobbies and lounges.

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Floating illuminated white glass ceiling blades emphasize the directional axis of the three buildings and lead patrons through.

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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.

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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.

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