WGE’s Specialist Lighting team have been recognised for their work in the 2017 WA Architecture Awards. The team’s lighting design for Woods Bagot’s Perth studio received the Mondoluce Lighting Award.
Woods Bagot transformed the heritage-listed former Palace Hotel to develop a contemporary workplace environment with a distinctive contemporary aesthetic that acknowledges the building’s past.
The project features a mezzanine atrium for social gatherings and collaborative work, enclosed meeting spaces, seated and standing workstations and a stair that connects the three levels.
WGE’s Specialist Lighting team approached the project with the goal of providing lighting design and control strategies that create a noteworthy space, reflecting the personality and sophistication of the Woods Bagot Perth team.
Their innovative approach to Australian workplace lighting focused on flexibility and ‘lighting for purpose’ rather than a blanket approach to illuminating a floor plate. Consideration and respect was given to the heritage elements of the building by melding old and new, whilst giving all of the technological benefits of a modern workplace.
Head of WGE’s Specialist Lighting team, Dave Anderson says the project required innovative solutions to achieve the brief.
“With heritage limitations, we had to think outside the box and come up with a smart design that showcases the heritage features but is still functional,” he said.
“We are so proud to be recognised by the architecture industry for our work.”