The Sydney showroom of international flooring company, Interface flor, is a clever, surprising and vibrant space inhabiting an old historic building.
The old railway Institute Building, located on a wedged block next to Sydney’s Central Railway station, has been divided in to a few tenancies for different companies. Interface Flor takes up 2 floors, for offices, and the historic grand ball-room for their public showroom.
The lighting design by Vision Lighting NSW, considers the grandeur of the building and at the same time reflects the wit and ingenuity of the new interior by Rice Daubney.
The double height space of the ball room is articulated with Reggiani Indios spot lights wall mounted as uplighters; grazing the arched columns and illuminating the ceiling, which is sparingly punctuated with Flos Architectural Battery recessed metal halide downlights cut in to the original white timber ceiling.
Protruding in to the space are two rectangular canter-levered pods. The facades of glass allow for visual access from below in to the boardrooms . The space beneath these timber clad pods are thoroughly utilized; kitchenette, high communal table, meetings rooms under one pod, and an experiential space under the opposing pod where clients can see various samples of flooring. It’s here where the light gets clever; 3 ceiling recessed fluorescent systems illuminate this showcase, and within each downlight are 3 sets of recessed fluorescent tubes, each tube a different colour temperature (cool , neutral and warm white). This lighting system allows clients to visually see what their chosen floor may look like in their office under the type of light they have. Colour variation is an important factor which many end users may not think about. Colour variation of interior elements can change quite considerably depending on the type and colour temperature of the light from which it is illuminated. Often end users are disappointed when the end product is installed if the colour and texture seems different to what they saw as samples. Vision Lighting has successfully solved this by allowing clients to see their samples under the type of light they have in their offices.
This space epitomizes the ethos of the Rice Doubney’s interior design concept; a utilitarian space to show the ever changing huge range of flooring choices; colours prints textures. Interface Flor often change their character by changing the flooring. They introduce patterns; shapes and designs through clever use of their tiles, and whatever their design the lighting is always harmonized with their scheme.
The Lighting Design of this 5 star Green star office fit out won an Award of Excellence in the 2009 NSW IES lighting design awards.
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