WESTPAC KOGARAH OFFICE - HASSELL ARCHITECTS

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Creating lighting designs for Westpac’s Kogarah office was a big deal for ISM Objects – and we mean that quite literally.

Hassell Architects worked with Lendlease to transform the 25-year-old building into an open, dynamic workplace and innovation hub. We were engaged to help show the 30,000 sqm workspace in the best possible light.

Some of the designs are as long as four metres in length and make a big impact in the vast space.

The design accommodates the bank’s activity-based working model by incorporating a range of settings for larger groups, such as collaboration lounges, team tables and workshop spaces, as well as quiet zones for focused work.

The innovation hub, which is a standout feature of the design, is dubbed ‘The Hive’ because of its the honeycomb form of its ceiling and the buzz of activity that goes on inside it, which includes the testing of new products and services.

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In addition to the use of many ISM Objects’ standard products, such as our I Do up-down wall lights and Shady pendants, we were also called on to create customised versions of some of our existing designs. Our powder-coated aluminium Can lights, for example, are usually surface mounted but for this project we supplied both standard and modified versions that suspend from the ceiling.

We also custom designed a number of tapered fabric pendants, which incorporated Signature Prints amazing wallpapers. The pendants feature Florence Broadhurst patterns on the inside so when people look up, they can glimpse the beautiful fabric lining inside these large 1100mm and 2000mm diameter lights.

Other custom fittings included 1800mm super long versions of our rounded aluminium wall lights, as well as oval pleated GX-style pendants that measured a colossal 4000mm in length. 

The logistics of making, packing and shipping such large designs could have posed some challenges, however our fantastic team was able to make light work of all stages and ultimately contributed to a fantastic interior that makes a big impression.