Award: People's Choice (Shortlist)
Category: Collaborative Space
Project: Six Degrees Architects Office
Country of Design: Australia
We recently moved the Six Degrees office from the city to Fitzroy. When searching for a new home for the office, our main aim was to find a singular, high-volume space that would bring everyone together, in contrast to previous offices, where the team was split across several floors.
The design was completed in schematic form and evolved over the construction process as the old building bones were revealed. We chose materials based on their environmental sustainability and durability under heavy use. We reused as many materials as possible from our previous office, in order to minimise cost and environmental waste.
The studio is set up to work in teams, based around five large, recycled white work tables, which sit on a sea of green rubber. We established areas for team meetings, a large, open kitchen space for studio reviews, and additional small breakout spaces in which staff can relax. We glazed the opening of the original roller door, and we built a full width window seat in at ground level, allowing the studio to be bathed in northern sunlight.
Features of the space include high ceilings with exposed structure and services, green rubber flooring, a sunny deck for outside meetings and conversations on the street and varied meeting areas, varied lighting types, including custom and Mark Douglas fittings. We also incorporated recycled desks, tables and wall finishes to reduce environmental waste, as well as recycling Equa 2 boardroom chairs. We brought in Aeron office chairs for all staff.
Key to the office design is that all members, other than our financial manager, are in a fully open-plan layout, supported by a variety of meeting spaces, both internal and external, the staff kitchen and the boardroom. Opportunities for social interaction are varied, both inside and out, and the design supports a collaborative, team-based work structure.
The Six Degrees office is a productive environment that also helps foster teamwork and that offers a collaborative approach to design. The space has a warm and creative atmosphere, thanks to the eclectic mix of old and new materials within a tall industrial space.
Voting ends on 20th March 2018, Tuesday 2359 (GMT+8).