This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

A Versatile, Open-Plan Workspace That Champions Collaboration

Work Space

When you design the interiors of top offices on the daily, how do you create your own space?

That was the challenge for GroupGSA + Artillery, a multidisciplinary design studio in Melbourne, when creating their own workspace within a 1920’s former concert hall in Melbourne’s CBD. The end result is a uniquely versatile, open-plan workspace that champions collaboration, with a focus on wellness, sustainability and connection to nature.

 

27th May, 2019

The GroupGSA + Artillery office space in Melbourne features movable furniture and A-frame writing boards to nurture great ideas.  Photo – Nicole England.

A meeting room pod complete with lush vine growing on the roof. Photo – Nicole England.

The office has a strong focus on Biophillia – designing spaces that encourage connection to nature. Photo – Nicole England.

The space encompasses seated workstations, and standing desks for fluid collaboration. Photo – Nicole England.

The GroupGSA + Artillery office space in Melbourne is housed within a 1920’s concert hall.  Photo – Nicole England.

Mural by Greg Ades. Photo – Nicole England.

Meeting pod, with mural by Bianca Ioiacono and vines growing overhead. Photo – Nicole England.

The office has a strong focus on Biophillia – designing spaces that encourage connection to nature. Photo – Nicole England.

Lucy Feagins
Monday 27th May 2019

‘A workspace should be uplifting, inspirational, creative, comfortable, socially responsible and encompass healthiness.’ – Sonja Duric.

GroupGSA is an Australian design practice specialising in interiors, architecture, landscape and urban design, with around 200 employees across Australia and Asia. In, 2017, they merged with Artillery, a smaller, Melbourne based interiors practice which focusses on workplace design. The merger resulted in a new business arm – GroupGSA+Artillery, and, the need for a new workspace for a dedicated team of 25 staff in Melbourne’s CBD.

The studio is housed within a 1920s former Red Cross Concert Hall, with old, steel windows that open to allow the breezes in, and offer views through the Plane Trees on Exhibition Street. This enviable old building features parquetry flooring, high ceilings and intricate mouldings; the ideal backdrop for an inspired new fitout!

GroupGSA+Artillery Principal Sonja Duric explains ‘our company culture celebrates the freedom to think differently, promoting a barrier-free attitude to problem-solving’. The design of the studio reflects these ideas, offering flexible, open-plan spaces which encourage collaboration and creativity.

The fit out was designed by the team collaboratively, and hand-built by GroupGSA+artillery designer and furniture maker, Nick Leong. It features movable furniture and A-frame writing boards to nurture great ideas. Large layout benches provide areas for standing collaboration, brainstorming with materials, and opportunities for more fluid client meetings. A meeting room pod (complete with lush vine growing on the roof) can adapt to a standard roundtable meeting, or tables can be flipped and moved away to accommodate more chairs for the company’s regular educational ‘FEASTs’. ‘Our last FEAST was about biophilia, which was fitting under the shadows of the Pothos vines above, and the calming mural painted by Bianca Ioiacono‘ Sonja says.

Artwork is another key feature of the space – in addition to the work by Ioiacono, the stage features a mural by Australian artist, Greg Ades and the fun kitchen is adorned with a mural of gold and green leaves by pop culture street artist, Nani.

Wellnesss and sustainability were key considerations for the new studio, and there was a particular focus on the idea of connecting with nature. Above all, the space is designed to be totally flexible. All the furniture is designed to be packed down and moved to allow for performances in the space, movie nights, or yoga during lunchtime wellness sessions!

Type of Space

Single level, open-plan office

Size of Space

160m2

Number of Employees

Melbourne Studio 25 (Group GSA nationally and internationally = 200+)

Completed Renovation In

December 2017

What kind of atmosphere have you tried to create here, and why?

Wellness, responsibility and sustainability are all ingredients of the new studio, with particular attention paid to the innate need to connect with nature.

A workspace should be…

…uplifting, inspirational, creative, comfortable, socially responsible and encompass healthiness. There should be music, collaboration and areas for concentration. It should give you permission to do all those things without it being hard. It should be alive. It should celebrate craftsmanship, diversity and art.

This Week

Homes

A Biophilic Family Home Among The Trees

The newly-renovated Warrandyte family home of Millie and Dave Wells perfectly blends indoors and out!

Creative People

A Travel-Inspired Ceramics Collection That Will Take You On Holiday!

Queensland-based ceramics brand Marloe Marloe launches a new collection of vessels inspired by the seaside!

News

'Giant' by Evi O Opens At Saint Cloche

Artist Evi O showcases her largest paintings to date in new exhibition Giant, on now at Saint Cloche.

On The Market

This Elegant Victorian With An Eclectic Architect-Designed Extension Is For Sale

Period features meet unique, contemporary design in this Ascot Vale, Melbourne home.

Studio Visit

The Melbourne Artist Creating Ceramics Inspired By Ancient Mesoamerican Culture

From dub music to the Chinese Song Dynasty, the influences of Enrique Tochez Anderson stretch far, wide and into the past.

On The Market

An Interior Designer’s Glamorous Victorian Pad Hits The Market!

Chelsea Hing’s apartment in an 1890s Italianate mansion in St Kilda East is up for sale. This is *the one*!

Architecture

A New Melbourne Home That Follows The Sun

This Eaglemont home has been cleverly designed 'to almost disappear', by Architects Eat.

News

Patricia Piccinini And Alpha60 Join Forces On A New Collaboration

The celebrated Australian artist and local fashion legends launch a new series of textiles titled ‘Hugs’, which are now installe...
Sponsored

Tiny Homes

The Architect-Designed, Prefabricated Tiny House Of The Future

FABPREFAB have teamed up with TRIAS to create Minima – a series of prefabricated, small dwellings suitable as home offices, living spaces,...

Architecture

A Casually Confident Beachside Home

A falling down period home in South Fremantle has been brought back to life with a new extension by David Barr Architects.
Amelia Barnes
  11 hours ago

Stays

This Origami-Style Beach Shack Is The Perfect Coastal Getaway

This architecturally designed coastal retreat on Stradbroke Island looks out over the glittering Coral Sea. The most dreamy vacation destina...
Sasha Gattermayr
  3 hours ago

Shopping

Lockdown-Inspired Woven Outdoor Picnic Mats, From One Of Our Fave Local Stylists!

Stylist Nat Turnbull launches Laze, a new brand of outdoor mats for lounging and picnicking, with designs by Alice Oehr.

Family

An Honest Conversation On Single Parenting By Choice + Donor Conception With Takeawei Ceramics Founder, Chela Edmunds

Chela Edmunds of Takeawei ceramics shares her story of becoming a mother to 18-month-old Ocean via sperm donor and IVF.

Creative People

Behind The Scenes Of 'Rone In Geelong’ – Opening This Weekend!

See a retrospective of artist Rone's work to date at Geelong Gallery from Saturday February 27 to Sunday May 16, 2021.

News

A Group Show Combining Ceramics + Still-Life Under One Roof!

Ceramicist Grace Brown joins artistic forces with figurative artist Margaret Voterakis for a new exhibition at Modern Times, ‘Utopian Purs...
Sasha Aarons

View Comments

Similar Stories

Work Space

The Boroughs, A Creative Hub In Camperdown

Inspiring space design, personalised touches and facilitating creative 'cross-pollination' have really paid off at The Boroughs.
Elle Murrell

Work Space

From Fishmonger To Finessed Interior Design Studio

The astounding transformation of Adelaide Bragg & Associates' inviting open-plan work space and furniture studio, in the heart of Cremorne.
Elle Murrell

Work Space

The Best Designed Co-Working Spaces In Australia

Seeking a sleek meeting space, or a co-working desk with serious style credentials? We have you covered.
Miriam McGarry

This Week

News

'Giant' by Evi O Opens At Saint Cloche

Artist Evi O showcases her largest paintings to date in new exhibition Giant, on now at Saint Cloche.

On The Market

An Interior Designer’s Glamorous Victorian Pad Hits The Market!

Chelsea Hing’s apartment in an 1890s Italianate mansion in St Kilda East is up for sale. This is *the one*!

Studio Visit

The Melbourne Artist Creating Ceramics Inspired By Ancient Mesoamerican Culture

From dub music to the Chinese Song Dynasty, the influences of Enrique Tochez Anderson stretch far, wide and into the past.

On The Market

This Elegant Victorian With An Eclectic Architect-Designed Extension Is For Sale

Period features meet unique, contemporary design in this Ascot Vale, Melbourne home.

Architecture

A New Melbourne Home That Follows The Sun

This Eaglemont home has been cleverly designed 'to almost disappear', by Architects Eat.

Architecture

A Casually Confident Beachside Home

A falling down period home in South Fremantle has been brought back to life with a new extension by David Barr Architects.
Amelia Barnes
  11 hours ago

Homes

A Biophilic Family Home Among The Trees

The newly-renovated Warrandyte family home of Millie and Dave Wells perfectly blends indoors and out!

Shopping

Lockdown-Inspired Woven Outdoor Picnic Mats, From One Of Our Fave Local Stylists!

Stylist Nat Turnbull launches Laze, a new brand of outdoor mats for lounging and picnicking, with designs by Alice Oehr.

Family

An Honest Conversation On Single Parenting By Choice + Donor Conception With Takeawei Ceramics Founder, Chela Edmunds

Chela Edmunds of Takeawei ceramics shares her story of becoming a mother to 18-month-old Ocean via sperm donor and IVF.

Creative People

Behind The Scenes Of 'Rone In Geelong’ – Opening This Weekend!

See a retrospective of artist Rone's work to date at Geelong Gallery from Saturday February 27 to Sunday May 16, 2021.

Creative People

A Travel-Inspired Ceramics Collection That Will Take You On Holiday!

Queensland-based ceramics brand Marloe Marloe launches a new collection of vessels inspired by the seaside!

Tiny Homes

The Architect-Designed, Prefabricated Tiny House Of The Future

FABPREFAB have teamed up with TRIAS to create Minima – a series of prefabricated, small dwellings suitable as home offices, living spaces,...

News

Patricia Piccinini And Alpha60 Join Forces On A New Collaboration

The celebrated Australian artist and local fashion legends launch a new series of textiles titled ‘Hugs’, which are now installe...
Sponsored

Stays

This Origami-Style Beach Shack Is The Perfect Coastal Getaway

This architecturally designed coastal retreat on Stradbroke Island looks out over the glittering Coral Sea. The most dreamy vacation destina...
Sasha Gattermayr
  3 hours ago

News

A Group Show Combining Ceramics + Still-Life Under One Roof!

Ceramicist Grace Brown joins artistic forces with figurative artist Margaret Voterakis for a new exhibition at Modern Times, ‘Utopian Purs...
Sasha Aarons

Similar Stories

Work Space

The Boroughs, A Creative Hub In Camperdown

Inspiring space design, personalised touches and facilitating creative 'cross-pollination' have really paid off at The Boroughs.
Elle Murrell

Work Space

From Fishmonger To Finessed Interior Design Studio

The astounding transformation of Adelaide Bragg & Associates' work space and furniture studio.
Elle Murrell

Work Space

The Best Designed Co-Working Spaces In Australia

Seeking a sleek meeting space, or a co-working desk with serious style credentials? We have you covered.
Miriam McGarry

The Design Files acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files – we would love to hear from you.

Please email us here.