This fit-out has been designed to respond to the main issues of a future workspace. It is flexible, to enable adjusting to different team sizes, different spaces, and even to different buildings. It is designed to target being carbon neutral/negative, in order to leave a positive footprint rather than a negative one. It is designed to create a warm and welcoming environment, an environment where people choose to come in to work as they can see and feel the benefits. An environment that encourages team spirit and community culture, an environment that benefits both the employer and the employee at the same time.
Sustainability and flexibility are at the core of this project. Existing furniture has been re-used where possible and re-purposed or passed on elsewhere. By growing the existing team from seven to 15 workspaces, we needed to come up with a solution that would enable re-use of equipment while creating a coherent new design in the new company quarters. Existing desktops have been replaced with new desktops made from recycled timber, existing desk frames have been re-used to support those, and new flexible stand-up/sit-down desks with added health benefits have been sourced for the new desks. Visually, all tie in together beautifully via the recycled timber , simplicity and natural finishes.
Team clusters are separated by flexible modular storage/planter boxes on castors, allowing full flexibility and re-arrangement within the space or into a new space later. Office partitions and fixtures have been reduced to a bare minimum (a private CEO office, a boardroom, a quiet booth and a kitchen), allowing full flexibility within the majority of the space.
Considering that fit-outs last on average 5-7 years, we felt it particularly important to provide flexibility to increase this lifespan, so that most items can be re-arranged, re-used or re-purposed as required. The many plants dominate the office visually, and together with the recycled timber finishes, this biophilic design approach provides a calm and relaxing atmosphere, that humans can relate to easily.
15 workspaces have been provided for up to 24 staff to be shared between them. A large communal table made from recycled timber that was sourced from the Brunswick/Coburg Squash Courts, can be used for additional ‘emergency’ workspace, informal / ad-hoc meetings, or for communal coming together. It transforms into a table tennis table for recreation and team bonding. Two kitchen breakout tables can be added to extend this for whole-of-team meetings , xmas functions and more in the central space, and flexible accordion style seat benches made from cardboard have been sourced to adjust to these many different uses.
Natural materials, low VOC finishes, moss walls and plants, recycled timber and repurposed furniture, have all been selected with both the user and the planet in mind, hoping to make the world a little bit better rather than a little bit worse with every project that we do.