13 Keltie Street Refurbishment, Woden, ACT

role Architecture, Interior Design value confidential area 21,600m² completed date November 2013 client cromwell property group

peckvonhartel was engaged by Cromwell Property Group to produce a conceptual design solution for the refurbishment of Lovett Tower, 13 Keltie Street, Woden. The tower was originally completed in 1973 as a 26 storey vertical centrepiece of the Woden Town Centre. Forty years later it remains the tallest building in Canberra, and one of the most recognisable urban landmarks in the Australian Capital Territory.

The refurbishment proposal centred around a comprehensive redesign of the ground floor of the building, shifting the prominent pedestrian entry towards the adjacent central courtyard of Woden Plaza and providing a greater connectivity between the building and the public square.

The dated external appearance of the building was to be contemporised through the painting of the concrete awning structures above each of the building’s windows. This was proposed as a value engineered solution which quickly and effectively highlighted these unusual fixtures, that form such an integral part of the building’s façade and overall external character.

The scope of the design extended to the internal letable areas of the building. Test fits of typical and unique floor plates in the building illustrated how prospective tenants could effectively configure and utilise their spaces in line with cutting edge principles of workspace design.