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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‘The New Office’ by Cromwell Property Group

20150807_DSC5698It’s always satisfying to see how our projects go on to transform the working lives of the people that use them every day. Our client Cromwell Property Group in Brisbane have just published a glowing report on their recently completed workspace. Below is a little snippet of what they had to say;

One of Cromwell’s favoured interior design firms, The Bold Collective, has a diverse client list from ABC Radio National through to Airbnb and has helped many businesses transition from closed to open plan worksplaces using interior design to support cultural change.

The Bold Collective’s design director, Monika Branagan, points out that cultural and physical changes in the workplace can be daunting. “In our experience clients who are open to questioning their existing work patterns and behaviours and are open to challenging the status quo, push their organisation towards a positive change.

The post occupancy work we’ve conducted all indicates that dynamic work environments increase collaboration and flexibility and are more aligned with our fast paced, multi-tasked contemporary lives. Moreover, a static work environment is no longer relevant in 2015 and even the most traditional organisation is quickly realising the benefits and opportunities that more choice affords”, Monika said.

Benefits of the New Office

  1. greater real estate efficiency through a higher utilisation of spaceimproved flexibility to create project teams quickly
  2. vastly improved support for teamwork and general collaboration
  3. greater energy and activity which itself can be a positive cultural shift
  4. sustainability benefits through a reduced workplace footprint per person

You can read the complete article here. Good stuff Cromwell, we’re so pleased to hear it’s all going well.

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