Sydney NSW Australia

SJB have reimagined the retail experience at Chifley with inspiration from the Manhattan Art Deco style of the building itself. Since its inception, Chifley has been an iconic retail precinct in Sydney’s CBD renowned for extraordinary marble detailing and high end shopping. SJB have taken the interiors to a new level by opening up the space to soaring heights and adding a new level of detail and sophistication.

On the upper floor, and enormous backlit ceiling acts like a glowing skylight visible from all levels. Taking inspiration from iconic international public buildings like Le Bon Marche in Paris and The Guggenheim in New York City, the patterned backlit ceiling acts a focal point that throws a lovely wash of light through the atrium void. With this illuminated ceiling, an interior palette of black and white marble, aged brass, dark timber and deep greens gives the retail experience a glamorous sophistication.

More than just a stylistic change, this major refurbishment also restructured the architecture for improved circulation; a new glass lift was introduced, the escalators were repositioned and the existing mezzanine rotunda was removed for better sightlines throughout the building.

The Chifley has become Sydney’s most sophisticated retail and food offering in the CBD and a celebration of shopping in the city with a wonderful sense of drama and genuine quality.


Ipoh Management Services Pty Ltd 

2017 IDEA, Public Space, Highly Commended

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