|PROJECT NAME||Spaces Rialto|
|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.
“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.
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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