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Project Detail

Mesatech Pty Ltd
99 St Georges Terrace

This mid-rise tower in St Georges Terrace, Perth's premium commercial street, has been subject to a thorough makeover. The leasable area for the ground floor tenancies has been increased, and the design includes a new entry to the basement tenancy and a multi-leveled restaurant and roof garden overlooking a vibrant inner-city urban lane at the rear of the property. The tower's compact foyer now boasts a full height onyx wall, back-lit to highlight the stone's visually stunning colours and textures that evoke an exotic geology or moonscape.

The former 1970's beige and brown facades have been dressed in a bold grid of iridescent cladding, with a new canopy facing onto the Terrace. Perforated gold screens, extending the full height of the tower at each corner, disengage each façade grid.

Lighting is fully integrated into the refurbishment. iGuzzini’s Trick light blade was chosen for its crisp graphic effect, projecting an illuminated ‘outline’ of the bold grid. Each façade is fitted with several Trick fittings arranged in a random pattern and programmed to occasionally reset as a different pattern. The subtle animation counterpoints the formal presence of the façade grid, adding further interest to the observant passer-by.

Another fitting from the Trick range, the Washer, illuminates the gold corner screens. This small fitting is recessed into the façade's extended arm to illuminate the expressive corners of the tower. The façade grid, visually recomposed by the night lighting, is returned to its pearlescent formality during the day. The play between both light sources is a defining feature of the design.

 

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Architect: 
Donaldson and Warn

Lighting Design and Electrical Engineer:
Flynn Talbot and Jacobs (John Poyner)

Electrical Contractor: 
Cable Network Solutions

Photography: 
Ron Tan

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