Both buildings are designed with lobby areas that provide an abundance of light, via atrium spaces, and create a sense of connection for the occupants, using carefully selected materials to set the mood.
However, each space evokes varied outcomes for their respective buildings.
Considered one of Melbourne’s most beautiful buildings, the T&G Building, at 161 Collins Street, is now complete following a two year-long upgrade working with developer, Pembroke.Bates Smart Associate Director, Grant Filipoff explains: “161 Collins Street offers an activated space that is inviting and engaging. Due to the sheer scale of the floorplate, it was important to find opportunities to activate the ground floor plane, in particular the central atrium, to encourage movement and the use of this space by tenants.”
Grants adds that the lobby is broken up into three distinct zones within the floorplan and articulated using different materials. Bluestone is applied to the lower ground floor continuing the laneway experience from Flinders Lane into the auditorium space. The main circulation area off Collins Street features marble, while the atrium space features a combination of honed marble, natural timbers and brickwork, signaling a transition into a more outdoor experience.
“The outdoors has been brought into the central atrium to create an oasis-like experience for the occupants, with planting introduced to offer a calming effect.”
“The combination of materials including timber, brickwork, paving, and careful selection of furniture with various textures including soft fabrics and leathers, enhance the outdoor experience and brings warmth in the atrium space.”
By contrast, the 171 Collins Street tower is set behind the historic Mayfair building. Designed for Cbus Property, and completed in 2013, the atrium provides a calm space, encouraging respite from the bustling activity of both Collins Street and Flinders Lane.
Upon entry, visitors are greeted by beautiful travertine-clad walls, black steel detailing, and a stunning nine-storey glass atrium that filters natural light, creating both a dramatic focal point and a calming atmosphere.
As Grant explains, “The design carefully connected the two buildings with an atrium housing the concierge and waiting lounge while also performing as a transitional space for tenants to experience between the two buildings. It’s a juxtaposition to 161 Collins Street where there is deliberately limited seating to encourage occupants to flow through." Each share common qualities, housing some of Australia’s most significant corporates including Google, Treasury Wine Estates and BHP Billiton.