Client: IDP Education
Architect/Design: Siren Design
Project: Workplace Fitout | 2,000m2
Address: Level 10, 697 Collins Street, Melbourne
IDP’s vision as a global platform is to guide students in their journey. The design concept for their new workplace is derived from this, aiming to create a journey throughout their new 2000sqm space, with multiple arrival points and moments along the way representing a student’s journey to their ultimate destination. These points/ nodes are scattered throughout the space via a ceiling slatted feature which also acts as a wayfinding element in the space. The nodes showcase collaborative spaces where a synergy of ideas are created. The central node – The Bridge, showcases a gradation of some of IDP’s colours to represent the merge of these journeys and culture. It becomes the central hub where diversity in culture and thinking is celebrated. The space plays homage to IDP’s global reach and this is carefully curated within the space in elements such as the different line densities on the Meeting Room panels which represent different cities. Subtle hints on the floor tiles also showcase patterns that are reminiscent of textiles from different parts of the world. The arches and smooth lines visible throughout the space represent the same bridging of ideas.
The goal is to showcase modern ways of working and attract future generations to come. Overarching this goal is to enhance the wellbeing of staff with a priority on sustainability in design. This was achieved in little details such as sit to stand workstations, an abundance of indoor planting and carefully thought out access to hydration and sanitation points at planning stage. All materiality was carefully considered to achieve optimum indoor air quality by ensuring it contains very low VOCs and no hazardous materials were used in the space.