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MANCHESTER UNITY BUILDING, MELBOURNE CLIENT: SMILE SOLUTIONS ARCHITECT: ANDRONAS CONSERVATION ARCHITECTURE The iconic crown of Melbourne, the MU Tower has now become the home of Smile Solutions dental surgeries, after an illustrious history. The work on the Manchester Unity Building comprised a number of discrete phases yet all linked aesthetically, the boardroom and general managers office, the façade and the fit-out of the dental suites in the tower. The driving force for all facets was Smile Solution’s Kia Pajouhesh. The first phase was the boardroom and GM’s office where 2B Designed successfully resolved the challenge of the conflicting demands of heritage considerations and the needs of a modern office. This is seen in part with the seamless integration of Art Deco fittings and modern lighting. When it came to addressing the exterior of the whole building, the challenge, in lighting one of Melbourne’s most significant buildings, was to draw the viewer’s eye to the magic of the tower yet not to over light the facade. This difficulty was further exacerbated by having to work within the heritage limitations of the building. The last element was the tower fit-out for the dental suites that run across three floors of the building. In lighting this element of the building, we had to balance the conflicting demands of art deco interiors with the technical demands of a 21st century tenancy, while seamlessly incorporating the lighting with the recently completed exterior lighting.


PARKDALE WAR MEMORIAL, MELBOURNE CLIENT: STEVEN PERUMAL, CITY OF KINGSTON LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS: ANDREW BROPHY, URBAN INITIATIVES For this relatively small project 2B Designed were given a simple brief; “Create a significant night-time landmark for the War Memorial”. The memorial comprises a tall slim obelisk (dedicated to those who died in WW2) nearest to the road, and a shorter stone monument, (dedicated to the dead of WW1) linking to a boardwalk facing the beach. The obvious solution was to uplight the two monuments, but the magic is found in the illusion that the obelisk is floating with its reflection on the paving in front, bringing the image closer to the viewer. This was complimented by including low-level lighting in the handrail of the boardwalk to wash the timber/paving and not distract from the memorials. The lighting design has proved popular, with local residents being particularly complimentary.


2B DESIGNED • OWNERS: David Bird and Kire Bogoevski • HEAD OFFICE: Melbourne (AUS) • ESTABLISHED 2010 • EMPLOYEES: 2 • CURRENT MELBOURNE PROJECTS: Telstra, Westpac Banking, Penfolds Wines, Julliard Properties, Monash University Law Faculty, Smile Solutions, Epworth Hospital, Charles Darwin University, Marriott Hotel, Aurecon, Sheraton Hotel, Crown Entertainment Complex www.2bdesigned.com.au


“Light gives life: we visualise using light, we dream using light, our emotions are influenced by light.” David Bird & Kire Bogoevski


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