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I don’t know if you have seen the latest Star Trek movie? The cinematography and technology used is very impressive, especially viewed on the huge 3D IMAX screen at Darling Harbour.

This blog post however, has nothing to do with Star Trek but talks about a new ‘futuristic” lighting design developed for Mirvac at Greenwood Plaza, in North Sydney.

The light pictured below, can be found walking the concourse level at the shopping centre. We designed the ceilings late 2012, to use environmentally friendly materials, such as, the plywood louvres that form a curving, directional spine at the centre. The existing lights were replaced with highly energy efficient LED lights, providing improved LUX levels for shoppers and providing Energy Saving Certificates for the client. The futuristic lights are located at key entries to the mall and were developed with Phillips Lighting and Barrisol. Mainbrace contractors are currently managing the construction of the ceilings over the next few months.


a buzzing greenwood plaza

Design work for Mirvac, at Greenwood Plaza, was completed end of 2012 by Crone Partners Architects and Interiors, on a number of projects including ceiling and lighting treatments, as well as respite seating. These works are currently under construction creating a buzz around the centre. Retailers and shoppers alike, are appreciating the efforts made by the Design Team to modernise the centre, which was in need of a serious make-over.

The new ceiling and lighting treatments at Greenwood Shopping Plaza, is nearly complete in 2 major zones, with a further 5 zones programmed to rejuvenation the Plaza over coming months. The design of the upper level lighting, looked at creating an artificial atrium light, similar to the existing atriums at the centre, where you see the branches of large trees through the glass roof.

The lighting is connected to a computer system allowing the light feature, termed the “birds nest” to change colour or work on a programmed loop of colours. The lighting system and design was developed through a collaborative design approach, with Crone Partners, Mirvac, Barrisol, Mainbrace and Philips Lighting.

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greenwood plaza makeover

Greenwood Shopping Plaza is getting a new and well deserved face lift, over the coming months in Sydney. Interior Design Packages were completed last year, by Crone Partners Interior Design Team, for it’s client Mirvac. The design includes new ceilings to the metro level and upper levels of the centre. New seating areas will also be provided, with feature planter boxes and bamboo planting, to provide areas of respite, in a peaceful environment, for the busy commuter. The concept for Greenwood Plaza was to create a new and vibrant modern shopping experience, that did not detract from the shop fronts and retailers themselves.

The photographs featured in this blog were taken in early May. They show images of Stage 1 works, that include ceiling and lighting upgrades to the mall areas. The vertical blades are shaped from Plywood and the feature light at the entry to the escalators made from Barrisol. The ridge to the vertical louvres is constantly changing, creating the idea of movement, ever prevalent in the daily movements of commuters from North Sydney Station.

Mainbrace are the contractors for the project and Philips lighting provided the LED lights and lighting design. Barrisol is used in the feature lighting areas and they installed the vertical louvre blades.

This is still works in progress, with final lighting positions to be agreed and signage to be installed, but we are happy with the results, looking forward to seeing the finished product!

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