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Most exemplary ways of working we’ve seen this year

The shortlist in The Work Space of this year’s INDE.Awards are definitely the places to be, not just for their function and amenity but for their sheer design brilliance.

Most exemplary ways of working we’ve seen this year

The Work Space shortlist in the 2021 INDE.Awards is an eclectic group, each dynamic and innovative in its own way. Every project has been crafted for people and place, where amenity and functionality are key, but more than the obvious, the designs of these workplaces are inventive and consummate. Every project hits the right note and as a group they are exemplars.

As the supporter of The Work Space, Herman Miller understands the necessity to create products that lead the way in design just as these projects are creating new workplace paradigms for the future.

Smart Design Studio. Photography: Romello Pereira

Mike Radda, Sales Director for Australia and New Zealand, Herman Miller, commented on the shortlist, “Reviewing the projects shortlisted this year highlighted the depth and quality of design work within our region. These projects show us that the design talent across the Indo-Pacific continue to be global leaders.  Perhaps most importantly they show that workplace design is now even more important as new workplaces are designed for the new future of work”

Sculptform Studio. Photography: Peter Bennetts

As each project has been designed for people, to promote and enhance a working life, they are all very different in design intention and form and Radda reflected, “The design is inspiring as always, and this year the focus on wellness and building community within the workplace standout. At Herman Miller we have seen these two important themes resonate globally and it was great to see their inclusion in the shortlist.”

Market Lane. Photography: Damien Kook

Radda also nominated a favourite project saying, “Market Lane by Elenberg Fraser is a standout for me. A workplace that incorporates nature, fitness, productivity and leisure is extremely impressive. Having these elements within a workplace is genuinely exciting and is a great example of what workplaces of the future could look like.”

As we seem to work longer hours in a day or a week, we also desire to be in places that contribute beauty and comfort to support us. In this shortlist we see design at its very best with projects that not only inspire but re-imagine a working life.


The Work Space

Proudly partnered by Herman Miller

Spotify, Singapore. Photography: Owen Raggett

35 Collins Street

Alexander House
Alexander &CO.

Cotton On Wellness
Greg Natale Design with PTID

Market Lane
Elenberg Fraser

Warren and Mahoney with AECOM
New Zealand

NAB 3 Parramatta Square (NAB 3PS)
Woods Bagot

Publicis Groupe at Workshop
Bates Smart

Sculptform Studio
Woods Bagot

Smart Design Studio
Smart Design Studio

Spotify, Singapore
M. Moser Associates

The Foundry – CBA @ South Eveleigh
Davenport Campbell & Partners with fjmtstudio

Contrast Design


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