Trust Melbourne (the city that holds Design close to its bosom) to be the home of the latest initiative from ANZ Bank; a Breakout & Learning Centre designed by Hassell. As the title suggests, this large, flexible, multi-purpose space is designed to encourage creativity, however it is in the execution that the freedom from constraints of a ‘normal’ office environment is apparent. Forget about boring corporate colours, obvious branding and drab office furniture (in the style of hit series ‘The Office’).
The use of unexpected materials and contradictory colors in the space and its furnishings produces startling results. Plywood, paint and patterned rubber with industrial raw finishes are topped off with a pop of fire-engine red and frog green! Various-size meeting rooms are equipped with state-of-the art technology to enhance the group experience. Perhaps my favorite design features are the ‘Tree of Knowledge’ and the ‘Giant Foot’. Just like in a fairytale, the tree grows between floors in a natural raw shape reminding us that the childlike imagination is where creativity is ripest. Beneath the tree, the Giant Foot reminds us about reality and perception. — Kate Vandermeer
May 14, 2021
Jú Café, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province China
Located on the ground floor of a rather dreary and worn-out residential building, the cute Jú Café is a happy addition to the well-established residential...
May 10, 2021
Lee Broom’s Second Home – A Tribeca Penthouse, New York, USA
We are always looking for balance. That elusive poise where everything belongs and nothing is missing. There is no definition for it. Certainly not in...
May 2, 2021
MTR Residence by Alain Carle, Mont-Tremblant – Québec, Canada
Once in a while, we encounter a space or structure that we end up describing with one version or another of “this is a place...
April 29, 2021
Office by Framework Studio For Family Business – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Return to the office or not? As organizations and their employees contemplate this post-pandemic dilemma, one can only hope that while offices were empty, much...
April 15, 2021
Barwon Heads House, Victoria, Australia
A couple of young professionals living in Melbourne was looking to purchase a primary home in which to enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle. They found...
April 3, 2021
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March 29, 2021
Kämp Hotel Bar, Helsinki Finland
“My dear Aino, how would I know? I am a composer, not a fortune-teller.” This quote by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius in the 1890s is...
March 28, 2021
Sagaponack Modern Weekend House, Long Island, NY, USA
Sagaponack is one of the most expensive areas of the Hamptons, the famous seaside playground of New York’s elite at the East End of Long...
March 27, 2021
Shanghai Metro Line 15 Wuzhong Road Station, Shanghai, China
Whether you know them as metro, subway, U-bahn, skytrain or tube, underground railways have existed for a long time. The oldest, the London Underground, opened...
March 26, 2021
Shuckshuck Oyster Bar – Chinatown Vancouver BC Canada
For many of us, an oyster is as raw a food as it gets. A slurpy mouthful of a sea-seasoned bivalve mollusc. You love it...
March 26, 2021
INES Innovation Center, University of Bio Bio, Collao Campus, Concepción, Chile
Designed in 2013-2015 but completed only recently, the INES Innovation Center at University of the Bio Bio’s Collao Campus is just as impressive and delightful...
March 14, 2021
Villa JM, North Brabant, The Netherlands
Villa JM, designed by Powerhouse Company manages to convey both lightness and solidity, and transparency and stability. Located in a woodland area of the historic...