An expanded gleaming glass lobby showcases the original porcelain tile mural by Artist Lin Utzon and a bronze sculpture by the late Charles Perry. An indoor outdoor café nestles into the sparkling lobby and fresh new rainforest planting to the forecourt.
Penelope Seidler was honoured by the French government in August when she was made a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur. It was presented to her by the French Ambassador to Australia HE Mr Michel Filhol.
Also in August, Penelope was awarded a Doctor of Letters honouris causa by the University of NSW.
After winning the Australian IES Lighting Design: Award of Excellence in 2010, the Grosvenor Place Ground Plane Refurbishment project was further honoured by also being awarded the corresponding International IES Lighting Design: Award of Excellence in 2011.
The lighting design by Harry Seidler & Associates includes an internally illuminated onyx stone wall, circular carpeted areas with additional accent lighting and new high intensity discharge lighting which has reduced the direct operating costs by about 70% while doubling the lit internal space.