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Hot desks: Spacial co-working office in Montreal by Ivy Studio
Two separate spaces formerly used for a Jiu Jitsu gym and a beauty salon have undergone the ultimate transformation, collectively reborn as the first co-working office facility under the Spacial brand. Created by Canadian design firm Ivy Studio, the new-age office is located on Wellington Street in Montreal, directly connected to the busiest part of the city’s Verdun neighbourhood. The client’s brief to Ivy Studio, led by architects Gabrielle Rousseau and Philip Staszeksi, was to craft a pleasant yet highly flexible co-working space for a maximum of 120 people, featuring different sizes of rentable offices and a dynamic mix of shared common areas.
Commercial Design
May 13, 2021
Inside the Cotton On global headquarters by Greg Natale and PTID
The storied past of Geelong in the southwest of Melbourne has undoubtedly contributed to placing the bay-side region on the map. The city is well-known for its woollen mills that coincided with Geelong’s founding in 1837 and the National Wool Museum that now pays tribute to the industry’s heyday. There’s the circa-1859 Geelong AFL club (one of the world’s oldest clubs) and, of course, the now-shuttered Ford factory that was home of manufacturing for the iconic Falcon and the family of motor-vehicles that followed suit. But there’s another claim to fame to be added to the city’s brag-list: the region is the birthplace of retail empire Cotton On Group.
Commercial Design
May 7, 2021
Stokes 14: Architect William Smart’s creative studio in Sydney
Located a short commute from Sydney's centre, Alexandria is a burgeoning suburb with industrial origins, observable by its skyline of sawtooth roofs, exposed trusses and utilitarian facades. For local Australian architect William Smart, creative director of Smart Design Studio, the conservation movement at the northern end of the precinct offered immense appeal.
Commercial Design
March 2, 2021
The ‘Tetris-like’ Arakawa building in Tokyo by Nikken Sekkei
Overlooking a bustling street corner in Tokyo’s historic business district, the Arakawa building site and the commercial ventures it has cultivated have long contributed to the fabric of the surrounding cityscape. When the original building reached its expiry date, Japanese architects Nikken Sekkei focussed on creating a new gesture that would continue this legacy and contribute to the Tokyo of the future. The architects generated a landmark volume where a vertical network of stairs and balconies line its exterior, linking the owner’s private residence and office space with commercial levels available for lease.
Commercial Design
February 24, 2021
Kennedy Nolan’s ‘Workplace’ puts the cool back into water-cooler conversation
The second of three spaces created by architects Patrick Kennedy and Rachel Nolan for Australian company Laminex seeks to challenge typical commercial office design. Titled ‘Workplace’, Kennedy Nolan’s eye-catching prototype showcases a curated mix of solid colours and natural textures alongside the firm’s uniquely sculptural approach to form-making. The workspace possesses two other qualities essential for a fit-out of its kind – a high level of durability and ease of maintenance, all made possible by the inherent qualities of laminate.
Commercial Design
October 15, 2020
Ironside workplace by interior designer Brahman Perera
The workplace reinforces the identity of the company,” says Luke Skurrie, managing director of Ironside whose business digs have been bestowed with the warmth and eye for detail, quality and authenticity that’s on par with the boutique construction company’s portfolio.
Commercial Design
September 17, 2020