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DETAILS [snapshot] An introduction to the work of Melbourne based design practice 2B Designed.


CROWN TOWERS HOTEL, MELBOURNE CLIENT: CROWN PROJECTS INTERIOR DESIGN: BATES SMART Crown’s desire to minimise energy immediately prompted the designers to focus on LED technology. Hours of trials were launched to ensure that all the light sources appeared to be the same white colour, leading to the warm and invit- ing feel guests experience on arrival at the hotel. Completed in 2010, the new foyer is open and bright with a single 7.5m-diameter chandelier as the key focus. Working with Stephen Hennessey and Bates Smart, the project’s interior designers, an LED was selected for the chandelier to give the pendant sparkle and highlight the materiality of the fitting. When it came to the cove lighting that illumi- nates the coffers above the chandelier as well as those on the lower ceiling of the foyer, LEDs were selected that com- plimented the chandelier as well as the colour of the coves. Working with Bates Smart, accent lighting was selected to wash the wall behind the reception as well as the lighting over the reception desk. Here the critical issue was the im- pact the light had on flesh tones. The last major challenge was to select a light source for the accent spot that focuses on the centre of the ‘medallion’. No LED fittings could meet the tight specifications so a metal halide spotlight was selected with an added colour correction filter to give the same hue and feel as the adjacent LED fittings.


ST MARY’S, EAST ST KILDA, MELBOURNE CLIENT: ST MARY’S EAST, ST KILDA ARCHITECT: ANDRONAS CONSERVATION ARCHITECTURE St Mary’s Church in Melbourne’s East St Kilda has recently undergone its fifth renovation, just in time for the structure’s 150th birthday. The noted English architect, William W. Wardell, who designed Melbourne’s landmark St Patrick’s Cathedral, also designed St Mary’s. The church is listed on the Victorian heritage register so the restoration process required substantial research before it was undertaken, since completion of this process, in 2008, the building has been undergoing restoration and conservation in the hands of Andronas Conservation Architecture. 2B Designed were engaged for the interior lighting upgrade, which was only undertaken once the fabric of the exterior was conserved. It was the first such building that 2B Designed lit to use solely LED light fittings. The approach taken was to reinforce the interior architecture as well as focus light on the activity in the sanctuary. At the same time the designers wanted to allow the congregation to see and appreciate the interior, not only as an area of worship but also as a contemplative space. Great care was taken in selecting the LED sources to ensure they were all the same warm colour and had similar colour rendering.


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