Despite the contemporary design and impressive green credentials, Westralia Plaza’s lobby—a busy reception area and meeting hub—wasn’t setting the best impression. As resident businesses were looking to use the lobby as an informal space for coffee and meetings, high-performance acoustic treatment was required to manage reverberation and echo noise. However, with high curved ceilings, the lobby proved difficult to treat. Working alongside Autex, Plus Architecture specified a custom acoustic solution designed to enhance the space both aesthetically and acoustically.
Just off the bustling St George’s Terrace, in the heart of Perth’s CBD, sits Westralia Plaza. Originally constructed in 2010, Westralia Plaza is a cutting-edge, 13-storey office block that proudly holds the title of WA’s first Green Star Building, as well as an A grade PCA rating and a 4.5 Australian Building Greenhouse rating. As a prime office location, Westralia Plaza provides workers with a variety of nearby restaurants and coffee shops, as well as easy, covered access to bus and rail connections.
Despite its contemporary design and impressive green credentials, Westralia Plaza’s lobby—a busy reception area and meeting hub—wasn’t setting the best impression. As Meghan Lewis, lead architect at Plus Architecture, explains, “Office lobbies have come a long way, in recent years. When Westralia Plaza was built, the lobby was little more than a way to enter and exit the building; nowadays, it’s an important facility—both a welcoming reception area and an extended meeting room. Resident businesses want to be able to use the lobby as an informal space for employees and clients to have coffee and relaxed conversations, so it needed a new fit out to make that possible”.