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Best Non-Residential Design of Commercial Buildings

Central Star Autos, Berwick

Cem Sabri for Central Star Autos, Berwick
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“I am very proud to have been involved with the design and construction of Central Star’s new prestigious Mercedes-Benz showroom and service centre”, said Cem Sabri. “One of the central features of this project was that it was delivered on a full ‘Design and Construct’ basis.“

“This project was obviously a big commitment by Central Star, but it was equally important to Mercedes-Benz (Daimler-Chrysler), as it was to be the first Australian Mercedes-Benz dealership based totally on the dynamic and exciting new “auto-haus” concept which aims to set the standard for Mercedes-Benz dealerships worldwide,” said Cem.

Facilities include a high-tech showroom complete with customer lounge and café areas, an interactive service/workshop centre, office and conferencing facilities, apparel retail sales and child play area – all presented in a colourful and inviting environment to be enjoyed by staff and customers alike. The subtle intent is to encourage people to linger and enjoy the experience in a building that feels more like a hotel lobby than a hard-sell vehicle showroom.

After a rigorous design development phase that included an approvals process by our client, Mercedes-Benz Australia, Mercedes-Benz Germany and finally the City of Casey, construction commenced on site in May 2002, and was completed in April 2003.

“The Judges agreed that the design and construction of Central Star’s new prestigious Mercedes-Benz showroom and service centre is award-worthy,” said Geoff Hoare, Chair of the Judging Panel. “The design represents an exciting and vibrant interpretation of the “auto-haus” concept. It makes full use of its prominent corner location on the Princes Highway. In particular, it utilises the cross-fall of the site to provide interesting connections between the various operational areas of the building.”