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PROJECT / QT HOTEL, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA


Until last September, Sydney’s CBD suffered from a marked dearth of a world-class, quirkily styled, boutique hotels. While visitors to Paris, New York and London are spoiled for independently minded, emphat- ically designed accommodation, Austral- ia’s most iconic city had little that could compare. This all changed with the arrival of QT Sydney, the fourth outlet from the QT hotels group.


By combining two of Sydney’s most iconic buildings - the old Gowings Department Store and the adjacent State Theatre - ar- chitects Indyk Architects, working alongside interior designers Nic Graham & Associates and lighting design consultants PointOfView (POV), have created a hotel that would be perfectly at home on the rue des Pretres St-Germain l’Auxerrois, or West 29th Street. Guests enter through grand double doors into a heritage lift lobby. Above is a gold vaulted ceiling lit with a warm iridescent glow from a white 2400K cold cathode cove detail. Gilt heritage display cases have been restored and fitted with concealed LED spotlights to highlight the colourful costumed mannequins contained within. Adjoining the Lobby is the Parlour Lane Roasters Café and Wine Bar. Its baroque mould plaster ceiling is also lit with a white cold cathode cove detail. The resulting effect is both intimate and inviting and consequently the space is filled from early


morning and long into the evening with the buzz of conversation and the clinking of cups and glasses. Other necessary lighting was cleverly concealed in the joinery to provide warm, low-level task lighting to the bar counter and LED backlighting to the grand bottle display.


“The part of the lighting design you don’t notice is usually the part we spent most time on,” said Mark Elliott Design Director at POV. “When lighting is really successful people don’t notice it specifically, they just respond very warmly to the space.”


Top In the Gowings Bar and Grill Restaurant mirrored graphic discs located in the coffered ceiling are gently exposed by a cove lighting detail. Narrow beam spotlights give dramatic streaks to the timber Venetian shutters. Above The restaurant bar is crowned by a glass bottle display illuminated by linear LED.


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