WeWork’s Miguel McKelvey is hailed as the man who re-designed work, leading the company’s dramatic revolution of their office space. I read this article with delight having realized we accomplished the same feat, albeit on a smaller scale, to create a workplace that fully supports our needs with style.
Having started from home we were deliberate in our choice of office space from location to aesthetics and functionality. Our first office had traditional wood laminate office furniture and tiled floors which worked well but just didn’t feel like home. Having outgrown the space in a year we started the hunt for larger square footage and happened upon brand new office space in the trendy Ridgeside Office Park. The sight of bare concrete from floor to ceiling with a sea view was a delight! A blank space to create just the right functionality with a distinct home away from home feel.
We took into account our way of working in an open plan environment – very important for us as a creative team to stay connected and share so desk placement was key; our retro identity; the need to create a warm friendly environment that felt inviting and comfortable, and importantly the IT infrastructure required for PCs, servers, cabling and don’t forget music.
We replaced traditional office furniture with distressed wood desks and dining room tables; chose heavy duty soft domestic carpeting allowing us to walk barefoot vs rough carpet tiles; included retro style wall vinyls; designed bespoke glass panels; and installed textured feature walls. We treated decor the way we would our home creating two lounging areas with quirky furniture, vintage mats and ornaments that reflect our retro style and eclectic nature.
As we’ve lived in the space we’ve added to it, just like you would a home. And being open plan we’re able to change the space quite easily to suit our needs. We’ve transformed it a few times already creating zones for different activities. We can just about alter the configuration to suit our needs at any given time.
Flexibility and zones are important. Staff can choose to work alone in the small conference room if they need time away from music and noise; or brainstorm in our second meeting room which is set up with a large screen and projector; or use the lounging areas. And a game of foozball is a welcome break to let the creative juices flow.
Soft furnishing aside, another critical success factor is equipment. Each designer has a bespoke gaming machine to handle the requirements of running Creative Cloud and other memory intensive programs. Our coders have dual screens and even faster rigs for rendering animations & video.
In retrospect we did this all quite naturally – Darryn and I have a passion for interior decorating and IT that we’ve had the pleasure of indulging in for years. Our office is very much an extension of ourselves and the needs of our team.
We’re proud to say every visitor just loves our space. We even have some clients who like to ‘camp out’ when they’re in the area or use it to meet with other third parties. Now surely we’ve hit the nail on the head in creating a fantastic working environment.
If you’re in the area pop in, you’re always welcome. And the coffee’s good too! We’re at 72 Richefone Circle, Ridgeside Office Park.