Paramount by The Office Space won the 2017 award for Interior Design Impact at the Australian Interior Design Awards on Friday night. We are so pleased to be counted among previous winners like The Commons by Breathe Architecture, in a category that recognises elements of design at the heart of our business: the social, human resource, environmental and cultural life of an architectural project.
On the specialised jury for the award was Geraldine Maher of Jackson Interiors, Roger Poole of Roger Poole Architects, Sue Wittenoom of The Soft Build, and Madeline Lester of Madeline Lester and Associates.
The jury statement reads as follows—
Paramount by The Office Space provides serviced offices that feel like home for professionals who appreciate good design. The project lives up to its name as an exemplar of the kind of private nest that knowledge workers dream about. The offices are small, perfectly crafted pieces of joinery furnished with a collection of art and artefacts sympathetic to the cues provided by the heritage building.
The designers challenged existing conventions of workspace proportions and created spaces about three square metres per person for individuals or small groups. The absolute attention to detail in the project was made possible by a genuine partnership between the design and fit out from workshop phase through to on-site construction.
The iconic Paramount building provided a perfect template reminiscent of New York in the 1950s with a rich, warm palette of natural materials. Upon entry, the original materials of Queensland maple and terrazzo have been retained and have set the tone for the choice of finishes and focus lighting found in the work pods. The high ceilings provide a spatial balance in the personal workspace environments.
The connection to the external landscape provides a visual continuation of space beyond the interior workspace environment. With coffee shops and a park nearby, the users speak compellingly of the nourishment this community offers; thoughtful service and curated events are providing the glue that brings people together.
We’d like to thank everyone who made and continues to make Paramount a place where the remarkable happens.