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Cubby Office

Architect: Krisna Cheung Architects

City of Melbourne | R16

The line dividing work and personal life is getting blurry in this age of technology, and it’s no exception for architects. This personal project, the extension to the previous Studio Garage project, utilises a similar façade, but for a different purpose, and therefore a different type of commercial space is built inside it. Blurring the line of work and home life is exactly the desire behind this project. Krisna Cheung – architects and owners – aim to bring together the seriousness of work with the playfulness of their children, thus the Cubby Office, which allows them to monitor and connect with the kids during working hours. It is made possible by the perforated metal sheet which is used as the floor for the upper level. It serves as the element of surprise and playfulness – which identify it as the cubby space. It achieves both aesthetic and functional purpose; the translucent floor creates a feeling of a soaring, high ceiling for the otherwise tight space. The semi-solid floor also allows a more efficient use of lighting and energy. Whether it’s the heat coming from ground floor or the cool air from the air conditioning at the upper floor, it moderates the building’s temperature as a whole.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 10am-3pm - Booking required for this building

  • What's Open: All parts of the building

  • Special Note: Shoes off at door, children must be supervised

  • Tour Type: R16

  • Tour Details: First release Friday 13 July 8:30 am until booked out, second release Friday 20 July 8:30 am until booked out, small booking fee applies. Tours at 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12pm, 12.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, running for 20 minutes in groups of 6.

  • Access: Limited mobility

  • Building Type: Residential

  • Year Built: 2017

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  • Transport: Tram Stop 17: Molesworth St/Abbotsford St on route 57

  • Photo Credit: Nic Granleese


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