Recently T2, a global tea specialist, moved to a modern warehouse space in central Melbourne. Unispace was tasked with creating a workplace that not only improved collaboration between staff but also showcased the brand which is known for challenging the status quo and using its brews to fuel discussion around diversity, inclusion, and sustainability. The design team at Unispace used recycled and eco-friendly materials to design the project. SURFACES REPORTER (SR) receives more information about the project from the team. Scroll down to read:
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Focus on sustainability and environment
Great emphasis was given to sustainability while designing the building.
Many sustainable materials and resources were used, including the carpet featured in the work area which was made from recycled plastic bottles.
Overcoming challenges of limited natural light and poor acoustics
The warehouse had limited natural light, poor acoustic, and a high ceiling which posed some challenges. This was addressed by adding a light well at the rear of the space.
Also, the back of the building was demolished and rebuilt to make way for end-of-trip facilities. This included bike storage, to encourage staff to get to work in more eco-friendly, and enjoyable ways.
Central areas for collaboration
The design features an open office layout, with central areas for collaboration, surrounded by closed meeting rooms for group or quiet work.
A staircase leads to the upper level that features a tea workshop, where new blends can be created and tested, and which also doubles as a space for teamwork.
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Product as the hero of the space
The reception has been designed to immerse guests in their brand, showcasing their product as the hero of the space.
A large Persian rug and a combination of antique and new furniture create a warm, eclectic and homely environment.
Blending local with global
The interiors were designed keeping in mind not only T2 as a global brand but the essence of who they are as a brand.
For this purpose, a local graffiti artist was commissioned to create bespoke artwork throughout, and in meeting rooms, more local art pieces are proudly displayed.
Project Name: T2
Size: 1,500 sqm
Location: Australia, Melbourne
Region: Asia Pacific
Completion Year: 2020
About the Firm
Unispace is a global workplace strategy, design and construction firm, which recently strengthened its India presence by opening Its Second Studio in Bangalore. With headquarters in New York, Unispace has 48 studios and offices in 26 countries around the world and is the world's largest design and delivery company.
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