Hayball, Sydney

Designed by: Hayball Architects, Interior Design in association with Bettina Steffens
For client: Hayball Floor area: 450.00 M² Year of completion: 2017
Submitted for: 年度小型办公室

Public Score
3.24 Function
3.20 Innovation
3.19 Creativity

About the Project

Hayball’s new Sydney studio is located on the ground floor of a five storey brick building in the thriving heart of Surry Hills. High ceilings and exposed concrete floors, still with remnants of dye stains, provide hints to the buildings industrial past as a former shoe factory. This backdrop, juxtaposed with the insertion of two striking plywood walls on opposite sides of the tenancy reflect the ethos in which the space was conceived - an intertwining of old and new and an enabler for a cultural shift in practice.

Inspired by a core focus of Hayball’s portfolio, the education sector, the fitout reflects the parallel evolution of contemporary learning environments, in which a more diverse landscape for learning and working is enabled. Embedded within the plywood walls are a range of different settings from individual pods, booths for focussed group or individual use, informal collaborative spaces, a whiteboard room for brainstorming, as well as more traditional enclosable meeting rooms.

Mobile technologies untether staff from traditional workstations giving them choice in how and where they work. This flexibility, in tandem with the warmth of the fitout’s natural palette creates both a dynamic and comfortable environment for staff, in turn making it an engaging and inviting space for collaborators, clients and the wider community.

What’s unique about it

The Hayball Sydney studio differs from a typical architectural office in which staff workstyles are limited by the confines of their workstations. The design reflects the outcomes of a co-creation process where all staff were engaged to collectively develop the brief for the new studio. Core to the brief was the desire to create a space which supported a shift in practice to a more collaborative and welcoming workplace. Similar to Activity-Based Workplaces (ABW), the Hayball Sydney studio adopted an ‘agile’ working model to provide workers with a range of options for how and where to work, reflecting an array of possible tasks from collaborative to more independent and reflective.

As an evolving national practice, the Sydney studio is intended to act as a prototype for the design of future offices in Melbourne and Brisbane. As a prototype, it will inform in both the overall and detailed design of future offices, but also in relation to how to enable practice change required to optimally inhabit new typologies of workspace. This will be measured through a collaborative Participatory Action Research project between Hayball, the University of Technology Sydney, Monash University and acoustic company Ecophon, with results intended to be published to enhance the knowledge of the broader community in relation to innovative workplace design.

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