The Chanel store at 70 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, Australia, is in the heart of the city’s high-end retail precinct. It is situated on the ground floor of the Lasalle Building, a vertical shopping arcade designed by the renowned Australian architect Ian McKay in 1962. With 60 retail outlets, the project was devoted to women’s retailing but was designed so it could be adapted for use as offices, as later eventuated.
Working closely with Peter Marino, the New York based architect responsible for the design of Chanel’s worldwide boutiques, Australian architects Bates Smart provided design services for the refurbishment of the building including a re-cladding of the tower façade, the upgrade of the entrance lobby and the integration of the tower with the Chanel store. The renovation was completed in 2015.
The prominent corner location is wrapped in white Neoparies crystallised glass cladding and Zimbabwe black granite. The lighting system uses LED lightboxes integrated into the Neoparies cladding system to form the horizontal feature lighting.
Inhabit provided consulting services for the façade and structural staircase from concept to completion including design, specification, local government submission, tender, shop drawing review, construction supervision and defect inspection.