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Working the space – The Work Space shortlist

Workplaces are evolving and, in this year’s INDE.Awards, there are offices that showcase just what is expected in the new office environment. Fit-for-every purpose, these offices are homes away from home, with every amenity to sustain a working life.

Working the space – The Work Space shortlist

BY Indesignlive

31 July, 2022

Workplaces today are ever-changing and their design represents the shifts in business, attitudes, health and wellbeing priorities and amenity that is required for a flexible workforce. This year’s INDE.Awards shortlist of The Work Space category is a snapshot of the continual evolvement of the workplace and, as a group, the projects are representative of people and place, culture and site.

While exemplary design is paramount in the shortlist, other factors such as sustainability, interior flexibility and comfort are integral to each project. Whether small or large the needs of the employee have been placed central to the design in order to assist workers to achieve fulfilment in their working life.

As supporter of The Work Space, Herman Miller is consummate in providing products that enhance the work place. For more than 100-years the company has designed and developed products that are innovative and future-focused to help workers achieve the very best.

“For the office category, [it’s great to see] much more focus on employee’s freedom of choice, wellness, and space for agile collaboration, with more homely and warmer design features, says Kenneth Cheng, Commercial Director of Herman Miller Hong Kong. “Although we have been aware of this trend years ago, we are more convinced of this trend happening across the region, inspiring us to adapt ourselves to the changes.”

While the projects in The Work Space all offer myriad styles of working, each has been designed with re-configuration in mind. Comfort and space is at the heart of each design to enhance working but there are other facilities as well to encourage employees back to the office where they can connect and communicate.

And indeed, the 2022 shortlist demonstrates that when it comes to the workplace, sociability is front and centre and the office becomes rather more like a club than merely a place to work. It’s a sign of the times and heralds a new way of not just doing work but thinking about it as well.

When asked which entry stands out to Herman Miller, the experts of office furniture design have one immediately in mind. “THE LINK, by IX Architects, Singapore,” says Cheng. “The designer put elements of fengshui into their design according to the client’s fengshui, a fusion of traditions and contemporary designs.”


The Work Space

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9-15-Deloitte Center for the Edge, by Studio SKLIM. Image by Khoo Guo Jie

9-15-Deloitte Center for the Edge
Studio SKLIM

Ballarat Gov Hub, by John Wardle Architects. Image by Peter Bennetts

Ballarat Gov Hub
John Wardle Architects

Dexus Place, 80 Collins Street, by Warren and Mahoney. Image by Nicole England

Dexus Place, 80 Collins Street
Warren and Mahoney

Exotic Food (XO), by IF (Integrated Field). Image courtesy of IF

Exotic Food (XO)
IF (Integrated Field)

Google Aotearoa, by Warren and Mahoney. Image by Sam Hartnett

Google Aotearoa
Warren and Mahoney
New Zealand/Aotearoa

Hobsons Bay Civic Centre, by GroupGSA. Image by Nicole England

Hobsons Bay Civic Centre

THE LINK, by IX Architects. Image by Finbarr Fallon Creative Office

IX Architects

MC Workplace Fit-out, by Jasmax. Image by Jono Parker

MC Workplace Fit-out
New Zealand/Aotearoa

Microsoft HQ, by GroupGSA. Image by Steve Brown

Microsoft HQ

Midtown Workplace, by COX Architecture. Image by Christopher Frederick Jones

Midtown Workplace
Cox Architecture

Our Place @ RMIT QV, by ARM Architecture with Geyer. Image by Shannon McGrath

Our Place @ RMIT QV
ARM Architecture with Geyer

Yirranma Place, by SJB. Image by Anson Smart

Yirranma Place


Join us when the winner of the Work Space will be announced in Melbourne on the 4th August at the 2022 INDE.Awards gala. The in-person event will also be broadcast live to bring together everyone around our Indo-Pacific region. Register for your free digital ticket here.

And also join the conversation about the new workplace at the virtual INDE.Summit on the 3rd August. James Calder, Global Director, Era-Co will moderate an exceptional panel session and delve deep into all things work related in Finding Connectivity: A New Dawn for the Workplace.

Reserve your ticket here for the INDE.Summit and get ready to find out how working will look in the future.

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