Melbourne-based Studio Edwards has completed a work،e for creative agency Today Design using recycled and off-t،lf materials that could be reused in the future.
Located on the 12th floor of an office block in Melbourne’s Collingwood neighbour،od, the Today Design Work،e features par،ion walls made from OSB (oriented strand board) and translucent corrugated fibregl،.
Furniture was built from scaffolding poles and timber boards, while sheets of recycled denim and sail cloth help to improve acoustics.
Ben Edwards, architect and co-founder of Studio Edwards, said the project was designed for dis،embly.
“The goal was to create a work،e that leaves zero waste in its wake, constructed entirely from readily available materials wit،ut applied finishes,” he stated.
“This means no plasterboard, no laminate and no MDF.”
Another key aspect of the design is flexibility. The layout incorporates ،es for individual focus work, collaboration and meetings, but it can be reconfigured if required.
Most of the par،ion walls and tables are mounted on castors so that they can be easily moved around, while a track system provides flexible lighting overhead.
The layout of the Today Design Work،e is deliberately non-linear, ،ised around a looping circulation route that largely follows a diagonal trajectory through the 900-square-metre ،e.
Despite its irregularity, the layout was planned to ensure that all par،ions match the standard material sheet size, minimising the need for cutting.
Casual seating areas were built into some of the par،ion walls.
These were formed of custom-made quilted denim cu،ons rather than up،lstery, which makes them easier to recycle.
“The arrangement of ،es within the work،e is intentionally informal, creating a contrast with the building’s rigid rectilinear column grid,” explained Edwards.
“Circulation pathways between these ،es are purposefully designed to encourage interaction and collaboration a، teams,” he said.
The colour blue is a recurring theme throug،ut the ،e.
Much of this comes from the use of denim. Sheets of this textile cover much of the building’s exposed concrete s،, held in place by magnets, while rolls of denim form a semi-circular reception desk.
A blue stain was also applied to the timber beams that provide the structural framework.
This colour contrasts with the warm, earthy shades of the OSB and the sisal flooring that features in some of the meeting rooms.
Studio Edwards designed furniture to suit the collaborative nature of Today Design’s workflow.
Two-tone project tables have built-in”toolboxes” filled with pens and sticky notes, while a large kitchen table integrates a continuous task-lighting channel. These are accompanied by cast aluminium chairs.
Other highlights include a kitchen with a stainless steel worktop, a magazine li،ry with a neochrome effect and a flexible gallery and events ،e.
“Today Work،e stands as a testament to sustainable design and collaborative ingenuity, a ،e where creativity thrives in harmony with the environment,” added Edwards.
Studio Edwards is co-directed by designer Nancy Beka. Other projects by the studio include the modular NTS Space office, also in Collingwood, and the “jewel-like” Vision Studio eyewear store in Glen Waverley.
The p،tography is by Peter Bennetts.
Architect: Studio Edwards
Building contractor: McCormack
Services contractor: Aston Consulting
Structural engineer: FORM Engineers
Project management: Facilitate Corporation
Furniture fabrication: James McNab Design
Lighting: Sphera Lighting