Client: SHAPE Australia
Designer: Siren Design Group
Client Project Manager: SHAPE Australia
Delivery Model: Design & Construct
Location: Melbourne, VIC
Duration: 12 Weeks
Project Size: 900m2
The SHAPE Melbourne team recently relocated their office to the heart of the CBD, occupying Level 11 of the Queen & Collins precinct. As specialists in the fitout sector, SHAPE spends every day helping to deliver exceptional offices for our clients. When it came to shaping the new SHAPE Melbourne office, the team wanted it to represent SHAPE’s commitment to creating efficient, functional, and sustainable spaces.
The project aimed to deliver a space that encourages teamwork and collaboration while allowing the opportunity to perform quiet, focused tasks when needed. Due to the smaller floorplan than the previous office, SHAPE Melbourne and Siren Design Group designed dual-purpose spaces featuring highly acoustic-treated rooms for quiet time and operable walls for hosting events.
When entering the office, guests walk into a large open-plan kitchen and breakout area. The intention was to provide a welcoming, flexible space suitable for everyday use and to host internal and external events. By removing the reception area, staff can readily greet clients and guests as they enter, and strong sight lines across all the meeting and board rooms showcase SHAPE people doing SHAPE things.
Engaging with Indigenous consultants, suppliers, and subcontractors, and encouraging the businesses it worked with to do the same, was essential for the SHAPE Melbourne team to deliver its new space. The team consulted Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Land Council to name the meeting rooms after ‘shapes’ in Woi-wurrung, the language of the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation. Two Indigenous artists, a local artist and another from the Northern Territory, were also selected to create a series of artworks for the new boardroom and in the open collaborative hub.
As a Climate Active certified carbon neutral organisation, SHAPE aims to have all new state and territory head office operations certified as Green Star. To meet a 6 Star Green Star rating target, SHAPE Melbourne prioritised using sustainable building materials, including recyclable and certified managed timber by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). In addition, 93 furniture items were collected from other office fitouts, including tables, chairs, white goods, AV, and IT essentials, and repurposed in the final fitout for SHAPE Melbourne’s office.