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TSB Bank Building Lobby Refurbishment for Argosy Property

the brief

Argosy Property commissioned us to relocate the TSB Building entrance from Waring Taylor Street to Lambton Quay and to detail a high quality new entry lobby.

the challenges

The biggest challenge was the aesthetic treatment to retain the existing raised upper canopy to the Waring Taylor Street façade. This took careful consideration in the design to ensure the existing form was integrated into the new infill lower canopy, without distracting visually from the new building entrance.

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what we did

We created a new shopfront with increased openness and clean lines to the exterior. The street verandah was re-clad and we designed a new entrance canopy for the Lambton Quay frontage.  The new lobby is a vibrant light space with acoustic panelling integrated into the design. Feature LED panels bring a sense of daylight deep into this internal space and a timber feature wall and seat, placed within a carpeted alcove, softens the interior.

ACM panel was used to modernize the exterior canopy, reflecting the adjacent marble forms in a contemporary way. The existing raised canopy to Waring Taylor Street was integrated into the new design by extending the existing forms downwards and infilling areas with black panels to counterpoint the bulk of the form.

the results

We have developed a modern street edge. The new raised entrance canopy draws attention to the new building entrance, and the public are welcomed into the building with a spacious, modern, rich and textured building entrance lobby.


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