News – 30/08/2018 Revolving Doors with Custom Lighting Features

Most architects when specifying revolving doors will consider the size and material finish, but not the lighting. Why not? Probably because they didn’t know there was an alternative. 

Our competitor’s doors all feature standard LED downlights that are mounted in the fixed ceiling panels. This design results in an almost constant strobing effect as the door wing panels pass under a stationery light. 

For over 25 years in Australia record has built revolving doors differently, with downlights mounted in the inner rotating ceiling, so they rotate with the door wings, as per the below example at 360 Collins Street in Melbourne.  

For architects looking to enhance the appearance of the revolving door entrance, record Automatic Doors offers bespoke lighting options including:

  • Halo lighting
  • Star lighting
  • Illuminated glass ceilings panels
  • Full inner ceiling lighting


Our latest lighting design was developed in consultation with Architectus for the recently completed 201 Kent Street lobby upgrade in Sydney. With a new foyer featuring curved halo style pendant lighting, the architects were keen to mirror this concept within the main entrance door. Our factory team based in Sydney, was able to modify the canopy and ceiling structure to accommodate a recessed lighting feature with LED light boards and white internal reflectors for high efficiency and uniform illumination.


Taking custom revolving doors to another level, the lobby entries to Grosvenor Place in Sydney, designed by Seidler & Associates, feature five revolving doors designed and manufactured in Australia by record Automatic Doors, with full mirror stainless steel clad sidewalls and canopy structure. To provide a little extra pizzazz to each entry, both the outer fixed ceiling and inner rotating ceiling panels, have hundreds of individual LED star lights. 


By replacing the conventional metal ceiling panels, with frosted glass panels, and then illuminating from within the canopy, a unique and striking entrance feature is attained. This is demonstrated on a number of projects including Foster + Partners' Deutsche Bank Place in Sydney and St James Tower in Melbourne.


For architects looking to avoid the appearance of standard down lights, record can replace the cladding of the inner rotating ceiling with white frosted perspex which is then backlit to provide a stylish lighting design, as per 800 Collins Street, Docklands, designed by BVN.

With an in house design and manufacturing team based in Sydney, record Automatic Doors is uniquely placed to work with building owners and architects to customise all aspects of the revolving door design to meet specific design requirements.


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201 Kent Street, Sydney
201 Kent Street, Sydney

The much anticipated foyer refurbishment of Investa’s 201 Kent Street commercial office building, designed by Architectus, was completed in November 2017 and features automatic revolving, sliding and swing door operators by record Automatic Doors.

Having installed the two existing Fullview revolving doors during a previous upgrade in 1998, record was excited to work with Architectus on the design of the new revolving door entrance with a new custom circular lighting feature integrated into the ceiling of the door canopy. Never before undertaken in a revolving door in Australia, the internal ceiling support structure of the revolving door needed to be modified by record’s Sydney tradesman to support the LED light housing, supplied by Prolicht.

The cladding finishes to the 4200mm diameter x 3500mm high revolving door was also customised with the canopy fascia, roof and door framing clad in Granex bead blasted stainless steel, supplied by Rimex, while the ceiling panels are aluminium powdercoated in a Interpon D2015 bronze pearl matt finish.  

In addition to the revolving door, record also provided a C 127 infloor mounted automatic swing door operator and two STA 20 automatic sliding door operator to other entrances to the lobby, working with the façade contractor Jamesco, who provided the impressive frameless glass façade and portal framing.

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