For over 15 years, we have operated out of our head office and factory in Central Victoria, travelling to meet architects and builders all over the country. Our latest endeavour, our very own studio in the Melbourne CBD opening in 2020, is designed to facilitate a new way of working with our community of architects, designers, specifiers and builders.
Why we are opening a studio
Working with architects and designers is what we do best. Our ability to rationalise a concept and use our systems to deliver on design intent has always been what sets us apart. Our new studio is designed to allow for face to face collaboration with designers, allowing them to arrive with a concept and leave with a solution. Our galleries and interactive spaces like the Co-lab will provide inspiration and showcase the options available, empowering designers to make the best decisions quickly.
“We’re a creative enterprise building a reputation and a product range beyond our timber origins. It makes sense to be physically closer to industry groups, other manufacturers, and architectural collaborators, many of whom have a presence in or close to the city.”
Our design journey
Once deciding to open our studio, the search for a location began. We knew a central location was vital to ensure the studio was easy to reach, which narrowed down our search area.
After narrowing down to two possible sites, some senior figures from both Cox Architecture and Woods Bagot Melbourne accompanied us on an expedition to make a final decision. After settling on the incredible space on the ground floor of 50 Queen Street, both studios agreed to present concepts for our studio.
After much deliberation, the design of Woods Bagot was chosen, and our studio concept began to come to life.
The vision behind the design
The ethos behind the design from Woods Bagot is to enable our culture of collaboration. Led by Bruno Mendez, the Woods Bagot team understood what we needed in a studio space, having worked with us closely in the past.
A physical loop which takes patrons on a journey, the studio showcases our systems, processes and way of working as much as it does our products. An events space, digital and physical galleries, meeting rooms and work stations are all centred around the heart of the studio – The Co-lab.
“While the nature and scale of our businesses are different, Woods Bagot and Sculptform share an intent for a culture that's about collaboration and co-creation and engaged with the city”
The Sculptform Approach
With our experience in the supply and install of our products, it made sense for us to coordinate the fitout of the studio internally. The ambitious design from Woods Bagot led us to develop our capabilities around steam-bent timber, to create the curved feature bulkhead.
Our suite of products will be featured in various ways throughout the studio, in both large and small scales. The feature timberwork showcases our Click-on Battens system, where our other offerings will be shown in the display and digital galleries spread throughout.
The centrepiece of the studio, the Co-Lab is an environment for experimentation. Our range of profiles, timber species and aluminium finishes will be available to see and touch, allowing you to compare other finishes in your project and choose the right option.
Watch or even be involved with cutting, coating and assembling your sample, then take it back to your office the same day.
A space for collaboration
We see ourselves as a design partner on a project, not just a supplier. We are passionate about collaborating with specifiers, builders and installers to provide the best outcome on each project.
Our studio space will be open to our community of design professionals as a space to meet clients, discuss project requirements with our team or workshop ideas within your team.
Regular industry events
Our studio will bring in a diverse range of industry sectors for regular events. Speaker series, interactive workshops and CPD presentations will all be held free in our 150 person amphitheatre area.
Have an event that would suit our new space or want to be one of the first to come and see it? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening late March, our new studio is located at –
Sculptform Melbourne Design Studio
50 Queen Street,
Melbourne CBD, Victoria, 3000
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