Sibling lends its characteristically exciting signature to a new fit out for Nux, a design studio and co-working space in Collingwood.
July 3rd, 2023
This story originally appeared in Indesign #89, the ‘Magnetic Workplace’ issue. Get your copy here!
Sibling has been responsible for some of the most exciting small scale projects to come out of Australia in recent years. The Melbourne-based architecture practice exercises an edgy design sensibility that’s underscored by a strong understanding of form and colour. It’s difficult not to fall immediately in love with their work, which comprises a portfolio of civic, commercial, residential and education projects. And in their recent fit-out for Nux digital design studio and co-working space, Sibling’s striking palettes and nuanced approach to planning is once again very much on show.
The compact 100 square metre space is housed within a ground floor tenancy in a red brick warehouse building located in Melbourne’s inner-city suburb of Collingwood. Responding to a straightforward brief that called for a variety of spaces for thinking and working, Sibling co-director Amelia Borg and her team have delivered a group of different contemporary settings suitable for varied modes of working.
To make the interior feel bigger, they firstly demolished the false ceiling, stripping the space back to its raw volume and embracing its incredible height, creating plenty of room in which to play. Borg explains: “Our overarching concept was to explore the different landscapes that work occurs in, so we created a series of what we call ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ work landscapes. The hard spaces are the more traditional workstations and the soft spaces offer couches and other soft furnishings for downtime and relaxation. Given how compact the space is, we also put a lot of thought into how to provide flexibility and how to facilitate the ability to separate different zones.”
This flexibility is achieved through operable curtains and the semi-transparent perforated steel screen, which divides the two zones. Dynamic material and colour palettes also define each zone, with the hard landscape characterised by walls clad in plywood and a floor finished in marmoleum. Conversely, the soft landscape’s walls are finished with cushioned upholstery and the floor lined with plush carpet.
Yet as dynamic as this combination of materials is, Borg’s selection of colours is even better. An electric blue tabletop, couch and carpet are punctuated by pops of bright orange, while the pale pink curtain contrasts nicely with the lime-yellow kitchen. And the lighting is just the icing on the cake. Choosing to limit visible fixtures and instead focus on integrating soft ambient lighting, Borg and the team have successfully utilised this devise to transform the different zones. The mood ring-effect is both playful and sophisticated, making this interior a true visual delight.
Read about this and more in Indesign Magazine #89 on the ‘Magnetic Workplace’.
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