Cox Architecture Studio
Architect: Cox Architecture
City of Melbourne | C50
How do we want to create?’ This project was undertaken as an opportunity to rethink the studio’s approach to design. Its people asked: how do we want to work together? How do we balance the needs of individuals and the desire to generate a more social, collective work experience? The critical issue was to strike a balance between dedicated, specialist functional areas (assigned for model-making, desktop publishing, administrative staff, IT support, and formal meetings) and the need to create a sense of common, public space. The ethos underpinning the project is best represented in the creation of a central ‘events space’ for key activity. This open ‘box’ creates an internal connection between floors and promotes curiosity and increases the opportunity for staff to come together. Adjacent to this focal point is a Michelin-class commercial kitchen lining a long, communal bench. This bench is crafted from reclaimed Oregon floor joists – rescued from the site – which have been upcycled to create another, more informal gathering space suitable for either work or rest. The outcome provides for both the heart and the head with equal facility.
Need to Know
Open: Thursday 1 January 11am-4pm
What's Open: Two levels of Cox Architecture’s Melbourne studio
Tour Type: C50
Tour Details: Tours at 11am, 11.30am, 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30, 3pm, running for 20minutes, in groups of 20
Access: Pram accessible, Limited mobility
Building Type: Workplace
Special Programming: Short presentations by design architects on the work Cox is doing to transform Melbourne, from railway stations to schools.
Year Built: 2015
Transport: Tram stop 11: Collins St/Swanston St on routes 1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 8, 11, 12, 16, 48, 64, 67, 72 and 109
Photo Credit: David Yeow
Level 2, 167 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC