About the project

The River Room (former Lady Thiess Room) is located on the River Level of Customs House, adjacent to the Restaurant. In its original capacity it was a store room, and over the years has served various functions, culminating in its transformation into a Bookstore and Art Gallery in the 1990’s.

No longer performing those original functions, the room was operating as a secondary function space for the building.

The former Lady Thiess Room had become an underutilised space, despite its prime location within the building with direct adjacency to the river terrace and restaurant. This was chiefly due to the fact that it was never designed to be a function venue. The lighting, finishes, fitout and mechanical services were all suited to its former use, not suitable for large gatherings of people. Combined with the fact that the previous fitout was over 20 years old, the visual appeal and functionality of the space was greatly reduced.