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In Search of the Liveable Office

The office is evolving, with the focus shifting from how it can accommodate technology and power, to how it can accommodate the user. Herman Miller Asia Pacific’s Liveable Office Award returns this year to give recognition to human-centred workspaces that address the way people and organisations work today.

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BY Janice Seow

December 8th, 2015


Top image: Herald and Weekly Times, Australia, by Geyer, winner of the Small Medium Business Category, Liveable Office Award 2013 (inaugural competition)

The almost ubiquitous access to wireless data and the diminishing sizes of technological devices have led to a new outlook on the functions of the office: work is no longer a place we go to, but is something we do – anywhere and anytime.

Office designs have thus evolved, becoming more human-centred with a focus on creating healthy, high performance ergonomic environments that also encourage collaboration and promote greater interaction and communication amongst employees.

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As an authoritative voice and leader in workplace design, Herman Miller Asia Pacific is now inviting design firms in the region to submit their best projects for recognition in Liveable Office Award 2015. The main aim of this competition is to raise awareness of the importance of good workspace design in helping companies achieve broader organisational goals.

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Herald and Weekly Times, Australia, by Geyer, winner of the Small Medium Business Category, Liveable Office Award 2013

Works will be assessed by a distinguished panel of judges, They include Raj Nandan, CEO and Publisher, Indesign Media Asia Pacific; William To, Senior Consultant, Hong Kong Design Centre and Director, Creative and Programme, PMQ; Kelley Cheng, Founder/Creative Director, The Press Room; Jeremy Hocking, Vice President, Herman Miller Asia Pacific; and Prof. Dr. Lou Yongqi, Dean, College of Design & Innovation, Tongji University.

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GPT Group, Australia, by Woods Bagot, winner of the Commercial Business Category, Liveable Office Award 2013

The projects will be judged based on their ability to instill a sense of corporate culture, enable focus work in an open space, support various forms of collaboration, create health-positive working environments, and their level of environmental responsibility.

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GPT Group, Australia, by Woods Bagot, winner of the Commercial Business Category, Liveable Office Award 2013

Categories and prizes:

– Commercial Business – Workspace Design Award
Winner receives US$5,000 and four tickets to Chicago for Neocon 2016 (4 economy round trip tickets, hotel accommodation and main hospitality)

– People’s Choice – Workspace Design Award
Winner receives US$3,000 and two tickets to Chicago for Neocon 2016 (2 economy round trip tickets, hotel accommodation and main hospitality)

– Small Medium Business / Co-working Space
Winner receives US$1,000 and six CBS Cubert Lamps

Deadline for entries in the Commercial Business category and Small Medium Business / Co-working Space category is 31 December 2015. Projects must be based in the Asia Pacific region and completed between 2014 – 2015. Winners will be announced in March 2016. For more information and to submit your work, go to hermanmillerreach.com