Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s new Melbourne office is situated on the 25th floor, offering spectacular views over Melbourne’s skyline from the floor to ceiling glazing. A feature staircase through the central void links the reception area with classic but contemporary mixed-use casual dining areas.

Electrolight Cafe PeterClarkeElectrolight was appointed to provide a lighting scheme that realised Corrs’ vision of a sophisticated and timeless aesthetic, with a focus on the reception void and casual entertaining areas. Added to this, the primary consultation spaces, including fifteen meeting and boardrooms, unite Corrs’ interface and consultation offering.

Reception: The steel rods that span from ceiling to floor, framing the stair of the 10 m high void, are flanked with linear LED with acute optics to provide focused lighting to the stair and primary circulation space below. During daylight hours, the south facing reception void on level 25 and casual entertaining areas on level 26 receive significant amounts of natural light. Artificial lighting was a key component in allowing the core lift lobbies, meeting rooms and corridors to connect with the natural light flow throughout the tenancy.

Corridor: Bates Smart Architects meticulously pieced together elegant spaces and finishes with refined detailing and Electrolight had to ensure that intrusions were minimised amongst the clean, sleek lines and subtle folded forms. A deep level of planning and coordination was essential for light placement, concealment and performance.

Dining room feature pendant: The feature pendants in the casual entertaining area are a bespoke solution designed to complement the architectural forms and finishes. The geometric angles offer a subtle reference to the undulating timber wall, as the finish and frame reflect the delicate structure of the shelving behind. This custom luminaire design carries through to the adjacent boardroom on a smaller scale to provide a more intimate setting for evening meetings with key clients.

Café: The lighting designers worked with a blend of colour temperatures to distinguish each space and reflect its functionality. Cooler temperatures are used in the meeting rooms with warmer colour temperatures throughout the casual entertaining and reception void areas creating a relaxed mood and sophisticated ambience.

Photo credit: Peter Clarke

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