Hub Parliament Station is Hub Australia’s newest coworking space, occupying the top three floors of the modernist ICI House (now Orica House) in Melbourne. Designed by Bates Smart, the workplace pays homage to the era of the building with materials, such as Drover leather, selected for their authenticity.
Hub Australia seeks out unique buildings with a story and history to establish its coworking spaces. Designed by Bates Smart + McCutcheon in 1958, the 19-storey ICI House was Australia’s first skyscraper. The International Style building provided a contemporary office in the mid-twentieth century and the new Hub Parliament Station continues to lead the way in workplace design today.
The coworking environment is designed to foster community and productivity, and has been informed by analysing the typical day, lifestyle and working behaviours of Hub Australia members. Accommodating more than 500 members, there is a mix of flexible, open-plan workspaces and breakout zones as well as private offices for individuals or businesses. There is also a café, boardroom, meeting rooms, kitchen, lounge, fitness centre, parent and wellness rooms as well as a media hub.
Bates Smart specified Drover leather in Pistachio to upholster the booth-seat cushions in the café and the Wilkhahn Sola conference chairs in the board room. The hand-polished antique wax finish of the semi-aniline leather develops a smooth and lustrous patina, providing warmth and texture in the light and open modern space.
The neutral Pistachio colour complements the timber armrest and frame of the booth seating, furnished with cushions in light and dark grey. The conference chairs in the boardroom can be seen through the glass walls from the café, and the slender profile of the Wilkhahn Sola chair accentuates the beauty and patina of the Drover leather.
Image source: Bates Smart