Hub Australia provides coworking and office spaces that facilitate connections within the business community and give companies of all sizes access to state-of-the-art amenities. The organisation engaged M Moser to design its first ever space in the nation’s capital, Canberra. The solution required careful consideration of unique local customers, which range from sole trading professionals to satellite teams from large corporate companies.
- The workspace followed a fast track design program through the COVID-19 pandemic and opened early 2021.
- Caters to a wide range of customers with 1-100 employees, using flexible desks, offices and large suites.
- Features state-of-the-art amenities including a cafe, lounge, serviced meeting room, members’ kitchen, phone booths, and suites of various sizes.
A key benefit of the coworking experience is that users enjoy a centrally located, high quality office without managing the fit-out and amenities themselves. Hub Australia’s setting within a newly constructed Civic Quarter commercial development on the edge of the Canberra Central Business District is in prime position for small businesses serving government and corporate clients. We upgraded a 300-square-metre business lounge on the ground floor for all users of the building, as well as the second floor coworking space.
The coworking space is characterful and featureful, comprising a rich and warm neutral colour palette, feature furniture, textiles, and high quality accessories carefully curated for a professional working environment. It was designed to create an exceptional customer experience that helps people connect, collaborate, and find balance. Our solution has two distinct zones: front of house amenities including reception, a cafe, lounge and a serviced meeting room; and exclusive back of house facilities including a members’ kitchen, workspaces, offices and suites of various sizes, meeting rooms, and phone booths.
Flexible, future-proof design
Coworking spaces are popular because they provide flexibility for growing companies, are more economical than traditional commercial leases, and they allow business owners to avoid the administrative burden of establishing and maintaining an office. That’s why it was critical to incorporate a variety of workspaces that provide choices for different users whose needs may evolve or change.
While creatives and start-up companies are common in coworking spaces, we considered the needs of unique Canberra users, including satellite regional teams of large corporations and project teams assembled to collaborate on particular corporate initiatives. Our task was to develop a flexible, people-centric design that can be transformed at a low cost to cater to teams of different sizes. It features flexible desks, offices, large suites and private balconies. The space was intentionally configured so that walls can be knocked down to accommodate groups that need a larger number of desks for a longer time.
Comfort and wellness
A range of ergonomic options facilitate movement and variety throughout the day. We incorporated lockers in the office design to complement the building bike storage and allow different modes of transportation and exercise. The workspace also features an inclusive, flexible room for people to use for their own needs and comfort, such as a parents or relaxation space.
- Status Completed
- Area 17,653 sq ft
- Completion date 2021
- Location Canberra
- Photographer Anson Smart