The humble industrial façade of a red brick warehouse conceals the striking dance of colour and form that composes the NUX co-working and studio space in the coveted inner-Melbourne suburb of Collingwood, on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. Leaning into Sibling Architecture’s signature vibrant design vocabulary, a variety of tactile and spatial environments support a range of different working styles.
Peacefully distant from the bustle of busy Smith Street but just a short walk from the area’s abundant eating and drinking options, NUX offers a compact, functional space for mobile creative and digital workers as well as those just looking for inspiration outside of the typical office or working-from-home experience. Sibling Architecture has utterly transformed the space, peeling back the existing structure – including a false ceiling – to expose and celebrate its industrial bones and reveal an additional two metres of ceiling height. The generous volume is tempered through the addition of semi-transparent screens and operable curtains to offer privacy and focus in areas that are set with smaller forms.
The design is split into two environments – a ‘hard’ zone and a ‘soft’ zone – offering choices depending on the mood or type of work. The soft zone is characterised by soft upholstery and plush carpet, while those seeking focus and productivity can escape to the hard zone, providing more traditional ergonomic workstations partitioned by steel mesh screens and plywood. As well as having distinct physicalities, the zones are distinguished by unique colour combinations.
Aiding the current workspace paradigm shift, Sibling Architecture moves away from vacuous minimalist forms to a new trend of intimate, lively and colourful spaces. Offering much-needed flexibility, NUX caters to a beautiful variety in different ways of working.