Space & Time, Melbourne

Designed by: Russell & George
For client: Russell & George Floor area: 390.00 M² Year of completion: 2018
Submitted for: Co-Working Space of the Year

Public Score
2.88 Function
2.95 Innovation
2.98 Creativity
7 Space Time Russell George Showroom 01
© Paul Martin

Retail/Showroom Mode - A suite of products have been developed that will become part of the range of products available for purchase. All of these elements - indeed all of the elements in this fit-out, including furniture, room dividers, kitchen spaces an

About the Project

The experience of space isn't static yet our interiors generally have static function. What if a space could have a mood and change itself based on what it felt like at the time. Like humans this could mean dinner, breakfast, lunch, exercise, work, party, special event, art, experience, workshop, making, creating, going to the movies, gardening & socialising but all within a framework of recycling, reuse, adaptability, nurturing, excitement & transformation.

This is Space & Time. One space, multiple functions, multiple business, multiple human experiences governed by only one factor, a particular time of day. Desired time of day uses drive the reconfiguration and adaption of the interior making a purposeful fit, out of dynamic & reusable elements rather than a fit for purpose that causes spaces to remain idle when unused.

The space is made up from elements that create the human experience of time. A dark space, a light space representing day & night, a naturally & artificially backlit illuminated ceiling, representing the sky, a garden wall which organically divides the space and reveals the seasons, and a series of monoliths, both solid & sculptural, clean & rough, representing human existence, endeavour, education, artistry, and ingenuity.

All elements are custom designed and products in their own right. It has fundamentally been designed to change the way we think about space.

What’s unique about it

This project can be a workplace, a workshop, a commercial kitchen & catering company, a boardroom, an events space, a cafe, a gallery, a showroom, a restaurant, a private dining venue, an exercise space to name a few but above all else it is a meeting place.

Sometimes, these functions happen simultaneously, sometimes not and sometimes only occasionally but all use a series of customised & designed elements that transform via their interactions throughout the course of a day to create the desired spaces. Extending the life of an interior & a building, making it work hard, creating a dynamic collaborative structure that still has a financial incentive but also a social imperative.

The project crosses disciplines of architecture, interiors, product design, industrial design, hospitality. It is a futurist project attempting to offer an alternative solution to how idle spaces in our cities are used or re-used and how new businesses are created and housed. In this instance an inner city mechanics space has been converted. It is an attempt to see what work & life might look like as automation creates more free time, and the role of a job becomes more fluid and the definition of a job becomes much looser where normally outside private endeavours of an individual are now housed and fostered within an organisation.

As the space is leased, 95% of the interior is sustainably designed to be removed and reconfigured in another location should the time arise.

10 Space Time Russell George Bar 02
© Paul Martin

Ceiling & Lighting : The ceiling is composed of a number of layers of materials, nanotech fabrics used in commercial greenhouses and ABS plastic snow camouflage used for more sinister military endeavours. Throughout the day skylights above this layer prov

9 Space Time Restaurant 01
© Paul Martin

Cafe / Restaurant / Bar Mode - In hospitality mode lighting is customisable, changeable and creates a subtle mood or can be adjusted to be whatever colour you like. Fabric jackets and screens attach to steel structures to create lanterns or private dining

8 Space Time Russell George Gallery 04
© Paul Martin

Public / Gallery Mode - This space can be reconfigured for many different types of art displays, performance and events. It effortlessly accommodates hanging works, sculpture, and video art. Gallery walls are not static, they are magnetic. Lighting is dif

6 Space Time Russell George Showroom 02
© Paul Martin

Workplace & Sustainability : Nothing is fixed. A meeting room is not a box, it adapts to what type of meeting is occurring. 98% of elements were built onsite utilizing a workshop built into the service pod. 95% of the interior (including the kitchen, cei

5 Space Time Russell George Workspace 01
© Paul Martin

Workplace Mode : In workplace mode, lighting follows circadian rhythms, fabric jackets & screens attach to steel structures that turn open plan arrangements into cubicles, sitting to standing arrangements as well creating changes in height of screens and

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Workplace Mode : Screens from the weekend cafe now from the bases for desks, siting or standing or smaller meeting zones. Height of screens are adjusted for individual taste and privacy. All fabric elements have inbuilt magnets within the hems allowing

3 Space Time Russell George Workspace 04
© Paul Martin

Workplace Meeting Mode : Movable garden walls create pin up space for a workshop type meeting. Availability for sunlight to rear laneway or can be closed off revealing a drop down projection screen that is also used to watch movies on the ramp when the sp

2 Space Time Russell George Cafe 01

Weekend cafe mode : Access from rear laneway. Workstations screens from Monday-Friday form dining booths. Boardroom table in workplace becomes 2 seaters tables. Storage elements become high bar. Service pod opens and closes to hide or reveal kitchen. Mova

1 Space Time Russell George Cafe 05
© Paul Martin

Cafe mode : Boardroom table in workplace becomes 2 seaters tables. Storage elements become high bar. Service pod opens to reveal kitchen. Movable garden walls create separate areas for other functions.

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