18 July 2020
Get to know one of Australia’s leading design minds as we talk interiors of all scales with Christina Prodromou, director at COX Architecture.
At COX, the range of work runs the gamut from grand stadia, including the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground and Rod Laver Arena – home to the annual Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament.
Their work extends to universities, theatres, commercial workplaces, office buildings, and schools, through to luxury apartment buildings and artfully rendered private homes.
COX Architecture’s architectural legacy spans over 60 years both in Australia and internationally. Each project, while often at a civic scale within urban environments, is also characterised by keenly observed, human-centric detail.
Christina Prodromou is Director of Interior Design and is known for her highly skilled application of knowledge and her enthusiasm for good design both within the company and with clients.
As a Design Leader, her passion lies in connecting interior spaces with context while creating environments aligned with the human-scale, ultimately producing spatial settings that resonate with the people who use them. It’s no stretch to say that millions of people spend time in a space designed by COX each year.
When Christina joined COX 15 years ago, the firm was renowned for their large-scale built work and urban projects, while their interior architecture offering was just starting to evolve. “I started with COX fairly early in my career,which happily coincided with the practice’s push into interiors” and as an interior architect she has had a hand in the development of this aspect of the practice, “I’ve always said that one of the main reasons people are drawn to COX and often stay for long parts, if not all of their careers, is because of the opportunity we have to work across so many different sectors.” says Christina. She attributes some of her tenure to her contribution to the continued growth of the interior specialisation within the company.
At COX, the range of work runs the gamut from grand stadia, including the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground and Rod Laver Arena – home to the annual Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament, to universities, theatres, commercial workplaces, office buildings, and schools, through to luxury apartment buildings and artfully rendered private homes.
“We don’t have a fixed style because we understand that fundamentally, design needs to evolve and change, depending on the project, its location and context as well as the client’s requirements.”
Each built project is thought of as a whole, from the macro to the micro and is furnished by a considered interior, the touch point encouraging meaningful interaction between people and space while offering seamless functionality. “Interiors are very much about how people connect and engage with them, so understanding how spaces are navigated and utilised is critical to a successful outcome.” Christina adds.
A project exemplifying the firm’s expertise in understanding specialised client needs is the new CSL Melbourne headquarters - a connected and acutely tailored series of spaces offering a multifunctional combination of desk-based workplaces and working laboratories for the biomedical community.
Previously based among lush Parkville gardens, CSL’s metro digs is a carefully conceived response to a unique company culture, based on COX’s democratic design principles. “It’s very much about a highly crafted response that’s embedded within a range of diverse environments - everybody must have equal delight and access to the spaces we design,” says Christina.
“That means being connected with basic human needs like natural light, fresh air and opportunities to connect with people, while also ensuring technological, ergonomic and security requirements.” The simple things we often take for granted. “As an organization, we can boast a team of very strong designers and architects, but it all goes back to being collaborative and always willing to learn and grow,” says Christina.
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