Australian Interior Design Awards 2019

Congratulations to COX Architecture and the consulting team who worked on the Waltzing Matilda Centre for bringing home the Public Design award and the Best of State – Queensland award at the Australian Interior Design Awards for 2019.

‘Rising like a phoenix from the ashes of the original Waltzing Matilda Centre, the design is an exuberant celebration of the famous ballad’.

The commendation was a lovely way to round out another successful project with COX, with the jury commenting on the carefully considered details of the project which COX, Umow Lai and all the consultants work tirelessly to achieve.

Jury citation

“The project has a clear narrative that has influenced the design’s colour palette and materiality, with the articulation of strong interior spaces as a result. This is especially impressive because of Waltzing Matilda Centre’s many programmatic requirements, from exhibition space, reading room and gallery to retail outlet, a tourist information hub and cafe. The jury agreed the layering of experiences throughout the different spaces is what facilitates the project’s storytelling, capturing the spirit of the centre’s namesake song through a variety of volumes and forms that evoke the Australian landscape. Heavily textured walls, custom-made brass light fittings and polished flooring lend the interior a highly crafted appearance and provides visitors with many memorable interludes and vignettes of artisanal beauty. Everything from the planning through to the minutest of details has been carefully considered, and this project is a true example of a public building that fully embraces the narrative it has to tell.”

DNA Paris Design Awards & International Design Awards

Umow Lai would also like to congratulate Arterial on their win in the installation category at the DNA Paris Design Awards and honourable mention at the International Design Awards in Los Angeles.

Their conceptual art installation, the Billabong, is an immersive experience that takes the visitor into the heart of the country, a 4-metre-tall silicone rod curtain projects video and animated graphics, sharing stories and anecdotes from the local community.

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Awards

The lighting design for the Waltzing Matilda Centre received a Commendation Award at the QLD IES Award in November. With specialist lighting which focusses the eye on the original Banjo Paterson at the front of the building, internal lights in the foyer replicating the starry night sky and warm lighting which makes the cavernous foyer feel intimate, Umow Lai’s Senior Electrical Engineer, John Zunker’s design brought an iconic building to a beautiful new level.