GOLD & SILVER in 2 State Design Awards!

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It’s always an honour to be recognised and awarded, so we’re thrilled to announce our two projects nominated in the Sydney and Melbourne Design Awards, Airbnb and Porter Davis both took out major prizes in both NSW and Victoria. Airbnb took out the major prize receiving a gold medal for Best Commercial Interior in the Sydney Design Awards ahead of projects by Geyer, Unispace and BJB Architects who were all awarded Silver medals (you can view the full list of winning projects here.) Porter Davis was a major winner in the Melbourne Design Awards, receiving a Silver Medal for Best Commercial Interior (you can view all the winning projects here).

In other award news, Porter Davis has also been shortlisted in the IDEA awards for best Workplace over 1000sqm. So it’s been quite the season, phew! Thanks again for your support.

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Sydney & Melbourne design award nominations

Porter_Davis_ShorlistedWe are ticked pink to have a project nominated for both the Sydney and Melbourne Design Awards this year. Our Porter Davis project (above) is the contender for the Melbourne Design Awards which will be announced July 27 and Airbnb (below) has just been nominated for the Sydney awards, to be announced in September.

These awards allow the public to vote and every vote counts, so we would love it if you could take a moment to rate the projects out of 5. You can rate Airbnb here and Porter Davis here. Thank you for your support and fingers crossed!

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PetSure gets the ‘Woof’ of approval

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It’s not often that a workplace brief requires cat enclosures and pet lounge areas, but our recent project for pet insurance company PetSure required exactly that and more. We had great fun creating kennel inspired meeting spaces and oversized environmental pet graphics within a collaborative and open working space across 2 levels. Check out all the pics on the PetSure project page (keeping an eye out for starring roles from pets Bingo & Tess).

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Our project for Cromwell Property Group features in an article by the Urban Developer about how co-working spaces are on the rise. Here’s a little extract;

“Cromwell Director of Leasing Bobby Binning said the company recognised the need for flexibility in workplace accommodation.

“Not everyone wants to pay for extra space that they may only use once a month, but to know you can have free access to additional meeting rooms when you need it – our customers see value in that,” he said.

The contemporary mezzanine level space was designed by Sydney-based interior designers The Bold Collective and responds to the growing entrepreneurial Brisbane environment.”

The Cromwell Mezzanine co-working space has been such a success it has now been taken over by a third party as a commercial enterprise. Read the full article here.

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Airbnb captures global imagination

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Our project for Airbnb is getting a lot of attention world-wide. The project not only enhances Airbnb workplace culture, but also inspires employees to move around the space to work and experience it just like you might one of their listings. Here’s what they’re saying;

“Move over Google and Facebook, there’s a new contender for Australia’s coolest office.” UK’s Daily Mail

“From the wilds of a Swedish archipelago to the quirky flair of a Cuban casa, the staff at Airbnb can travel the world in just a few metres thanks to the unique design of their new Sydney HQ.” news.com.au

One of the great delights of the brief was to create themed rooms based on real Airbnb listings chosen by staff in Kangaroo Valley, Havana and Sweden after seeking permission from the respective hosts. We identified the key materials and elements that would help recreate these quirky and character filled rooms and bring them to life, enhancing the informal and inviting tone of the workplace. Whilst the project celebrates global travel, a local focus on Sydney and Australia is also communicated.

“The company kitchen is modelled on the Coogee Pavilion and the foyer features a stretch of astroturf that is a tribute to an AFL oval and even the toilets have not been forgotten with Mardi Gras themed changing rooms.” news.com.au

Airbnb have just been voted the best tech company to work by US career website Glasshouse, ahead of the big guys like Facebook, Google and Linked in. So as the critics are touting, it could just be the world’s coolest office…

Here are links to some of the press if you’d like to read further;

The Daily Mail UKnews.com.aucommercialrealestate.com.aubusinessinsider.com.aucollectivehub.com, flynewsonline, canmua.net, accomnews.com.au

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