D&P and France Vietnam Architecture Put Fun in Functional for Spaces Rialto

PROJECT NAME Spaces Rialto
LOCATION Melbourne
FIRMS France Vietnam Architecture, D&P Architecture
SQ. FT. 28,000 SQF

Coworking spaces have many tasks to fulfill: They need to be functional but not too corporate, comfortable but not snooze-inducing, and attractive yet not distracting. Clearly, D&P Architecture and France Vietnam Architecture, both based in Hanoi, had their work cut out for them while designing the 28,000-square-foot Spaces Rialto in Melbourne, Australia.

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The second-floor conference room includes a table and chairs by Alki, with Flos pendants. Photography courtesy of IWG.

“We want a vibrant and unconventional event area that energizes visitors just as the quick-paced surroundings challenge them,” says project manager Hanh Le. They accomplished this by carving out a variety of zones—private booths, a “think tank,” meeting rooms large and small, open areas with banquettes but also pods to sink into and hide out for a moment—in a cool palette of natural woods with pops of red and green.

A wall of the first floor’s meeting room is covered in Kvadrat pinnable fabric; the pendant is by Gubi. Photography courtesy of IWG.



Throughout the ground, first, and second floors, the design team installed a sense of fun, particularly at the first floor’s reception area. “While the counter is used, of course, for reception work mostly, visitors may still use it as a full-fledged work desk. It is that friendly,” Le says, much like the project itself.

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The walls of second floor’s “think tank” are covered in a geometric-patterned film, with Desso carpet tiles. Photography courtesy of IWG.
Alki provided seating in the second floor’s coworking space; the pendant is by Flos. Photography courtesy of IWG.
A Corian counter defines reception, lit by &tradition pendants. Photography courtesy of IWG.
Vitra seating pods offer privacy near custom banquettes with tables and chairs, also by Vitra, beneath Fritz Hansen pendants. Photography courtesy of IWG.

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