2 CBD CENTRES
MLC CENTRE + AUSTRALIA SQUARE
“ The main project exceeded our expectations in its crisp, attractive and friendly design, whilst the shop designs Peter and the Designfocus team were responsible for, stood out ‘head and shoulders’ above those of their peers”. Peter Malpass, MLC Center- Retail, Sydney
Retail Transformations in Timeless Buildings
Lend Lease Retail sourced Designfocus, after they had successfully completed the first Rossini Rosticceria restaurant in NAB House (previously the Qantas Centre) which was directly opposite Australia Square.
The success of Rossini’s led to discussions between Michael Lloyd and Peter Rektor which culminated in Designfocus being commissioned to redesign the entire food precinct of Australia Square.
This was the first renovation of the retail precinct, since the completion of the building in 1967. One condition of the project was that all submitted designs, required the approval of Harry Seidler, the building’s architect.
Upon the successful completion of the Australia Square project, Harry Seidler invited Designfocus to participate in the design of the upgrade for the MLC Centre retail precincts, working in conjunction with the Harry Seidler team, to develop exterior and interior solutions for Levels 6, 7 & 8. Again, the first upgrade since the building was completed in 1977.
The success of this work is evident, as much of the original design initially implemented, has lasted considerably longer than CBD Centres generally have between upgrades.