Hassell, in partnership with Hub Australia, has reinvented the seventh level of Melbourne’s Ball and Welch building (located at 180 Flinders Street) into a dynamic workspace, ready to take on the post-pandemic commercial workload.
Named Hub Flinders Street, the space houses a feature-rich interior that celebrates the city’s art, culture, and business offerings. Reallocation of space is a deliberate attempt to bring workers back to the office and help businesses grow beyond COVID-19.
The 3,000 square meter floor area can accommodate approximately 500 occupants and stretches from Flinders Street to Flinders Lane. The floor plate includes a number of varied workspaces, ranging from flexible workspaces to offices and meeting rooms. There’s also a cafe, full kitchen, outdoor patio, and media studio.
Domino Risch, director of Hassell, says the firm has strived to create something quintessentially Melbourne.
“The design of our Hub Flinders Street site responds to the context in which the workspace is located: in an iconic historic Melbourne building, inspired by the interconnected ‘gravelly’ streets, lanes and urban skyline nearby. , and reflecting the verdant botanical greenery of the edge of the garden that you can see in the distance, ”he says.
“With 360-degree city views that bring the exterior to the interior, it was important that the design reflected the diverse and visually rich exterior by celebrating and connecting with the city. Hub Flinders was designed to adapt to today’s Melbourne residents and the evolving businesses they want to work for.
“Coworking is the perfect canvas for these businesses to grow, transforming office space into more than just an office. This Hub Clubhouse offers a wonderfully rich and diverse range of settings for businesses of all sizes, complemented by great coffee, great hosts and beautiful space, meeting the dynamic business needs of tomorrow.
Looking more like a hotel than an office feel, Hub Flinders Street moves away from the generic office design with a wide range of adaptable workspaces meant to exude a sense of familiarity and coziness. Polished concrete floors, exposed ceilings, beautiful warm wood details, large expanses of glass, and a plethora of lush plants provide a warm feeling in a cool, contemporary space.
An internal central atrium allows the space to be flooded with natural light, with a 360-degree view of the city offered through expansive glass panes. A gym and a parent’s room are on an already comprehensive list of amenities, with a refrigerator, bottle warmer, microwave, and sink available in the room.
John Preece, Property Manager of Hub Australia, says the collaboration between Hassell and the company has resulted in a high quality workspace once again.
“This is our 8th collaboration with the international design firm Hassell. Their in-depth understanding of the Melbourne and CBD work experience has helped us create a workspace that is a fully adaptable and progressive home for businesses to flourish and grow, while reflecting the vibrant culture of the Melbourne city center.
“Despite the restrictions and blockages of COVID-19, the appetite for an upscale, attractive and versatile workspace is strong, with a wave of businesses seeking new flexibility and convenience for the workplace. to come up.
Hub Flinders Street embraces the new way of working and encourages diversity in the workforce through its design, responding to changing business demands.
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