COFFEE BREAK IN A JEWELLERY BOX
Anyone who enters the lobby of the International Towers Sydney, Tower Three – one of the three sibling buildings within the master plan for Barangaroo South – is welcomed by a beam of light. A sculpture in polished brass, luminescent and discreet at the same time, sumptuous yet minimalist, which emanates a delicious aroma of espresso and croissants.
We are talking about the new Campos’ – well known Australian coffee chain – kiosk designed by Woods Bagot, a global design and consulting studio with a team of over 850 experts working across 17 studios in Australia, Asia, Europe, The Middle East, and North America.
The brief presented by Campos to the study was simple and no-frills: develop a structure that harmonized with – without overwhelming – the munificence of the lobby of the skyscraper. Actually, the lobby of the Tower Three, acting as southern bookend for the international Towers development and the threshold between the public realm and broader Barangaroo precint, embodies a model of simplicity and purity of forms.
And so, inspired from the geometric grid on the base building’s façade, Woods Bagot’s designers imagined a 17 square meters, completed with outdoor deck of 50 square meters, which looks like a sculpture, a small, golden jewelry box, which serves as a meeting point for those who daily attend the Tower Three.
The shimmering yet minimalist structure in lustrous brass is finished with a reduced palette of noble materials, such as grey marble and navy leather, a design that celebrates old-world craftsmanship with a contemporary form.
Even for the outdoor area, the firm chooses furnishings in the same palette of the kiosk – stylish grey marble and polished brass.
The project was shortlisted at Australian Interior Design Awards AIDA (2017), in the category hospitality.