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Works like magic: The top workplace projects of 2018

Work is such a big part of life. And designers are constantly pushing forward with new agendas in the spaces we inhabit while at work. What workplace projects had you inspired throughout 2018? We count them down.

  • Photographs by EK Yap.

  • Photographs by Patrick Reynolds.

  • Photographs by Daniel Shipp.

Our office environments are changing. Covering the full breadth from co-working and open plan to industrial-chic and highly detailed, these workplace fit-outs offer cutting-edge design and window to how our work lives are changing.

From Here On by Siren Design

Photographs by Daniel Shipp.

Photographs by Daniel Shipp.

Consulting business From Here On wanted a design-led approach to its new office. Siren Design delivered not just an unusual office in its relaxed bar/apartment aesthetic but also in its highly functional work needs. Offering a range of versatile spaces, every corner has been given a unique look and feel while ensuring employees feel productive.

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The Working Capitol by HASSELL

Photographs by EK Yap.

Photographs by EK Yap.

Co-working spaces are maturing. As more workers become fragmented and globally connected they offer the perfect meeting point for new modes of work. Off the back of that, the designs are becoming more sophisticated. The Working Capitol in Singapore by HASSELL is the perfect example. Arches and ply mingle with diachronic lighting to create the right balance of urban cool meets polished and refined.

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TVNZ by Warren & Mahoney

Photographs by Patrick Reynolds.

Photographs by Patrick Reynolds.

Traditional news and media is another sector undergoing plenty of change. So how would a designer go about a workplace that meets the needs of today and the potential needs of tomorrow? Taking the challenge in strides, Warren & Mahoney has delivered a creative and articulate vision for Television New Zealand’s Auckland HQ. And it brings in some delightful 80s references.

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1 Martin Place, Sydney by Adriano Pupilli Architects and Siren Design

Photos by Tyrone Branigan.

Photographs by Tyrone Branigan.

Not strictly speaking a workplace, rather a renovation of a workplace tower mezzanine and entrance lobby – 1 Martin Place does not disappoint in its grandeur. The project is a collaborative effort between Siren Design, Adriano Pulpilli Architects and construction company Graphite Projects. The team have created a stunning space that activates a previously underutilised thoroughfare.

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Cox Brisbane’s own HQ

Photographs by Christopher Frederick Jones.

Photographs by Christopher Frederick Jones.

There’s something intriguing and voyeuristic about getting to step inside the working office of a design and architecture studio. One such project that beautifully bridges heritage and modern work modes is Cox Brisbane’s new studio. Set within a heritage building, lead designer Brooke Lloyd went about peeling back the layers and letting the character speak for itself.

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