Protrusions + Incisions: This scheme was designed to open up the RWA and create a more inviting entrance sequence.
The existing space felt cluttered with shelves covering the marble behind - hiding the materiality and character of the building. The goal was to reveal these features, bring more light through and improve circulation.
The stripping back and addition of new elements within the project has followed through from the structure into the furniture and details e.g. hollowed out voids and protruding ledges and edges. Existing cafe walls were removed and replaced with a new column to tie the areas together and encourage users to move towards the galleries on the left. This column reinterprets the form and texture of the existing in a fresh, contemporary way and the shelving units were designed to follow the symmetry and shape of the grand staircase.