A Space of Their Own

10th February 2015

Other parts of Docklands have had their go, and now it’s our turn – this summer, Docklands Spaces has come to Victoria Harbour. An initiative by Renew Australia that allows creative enterprises and independent local initiatives to have short-term use of offices or spaces at Docklands on a rent-free basis, Docklands Spaces’ Victoria Harbour iteration sees a range of innovative businesses and enterprises given the opportunity to set up shop in the Lifestyle Working Collins building, located on Collins Street.

Most of the businesses have now moved into the building, and they’ve already brought their own energy to Lifestyle Working Collins, and to Victoria Harbour more broadly.

Wheel Women is one of them. Founded to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment in which women can learn to ride bikes with confidence, Wheel Women boasts AustCycle-accredited coaches and a ‘no lycra necessary’ policy. All age levels are welcome to participate in Wheel Women’s programs and rides, which are designed to cater to all skill levels.

Film collective PLGRM has also taken up Renew Australia’s offer to temporarily conduct business from Lifestyle Working Collins. The group creates digital content that aims to connect young people with the stories of their generation. The collective’s films range from documentaries to surrealist, fictional works. All are thought-provoking and provide a window into the concerns, interests and imaginative lives of today’s youth.

Branch Studio Architects no doubt appreciates the strong sustainability credentials of Lifestyle Working Collins. The multidisciplinary firm works across architecture; interior architecture and design; urban design; and landscape architecture, and also produces custom furniture, one-off joinery and art-based installations. Branch Studio has had significant coverage in the design media and has won a slew of awards.

Fellow Architects, MUSK, are also now calling Lifestyle Working Collins home. With proactive engagement with the design community being crucial, the team is enjoying the collaborative nature of the development. Their design approach is underpinned by diverse research and handson material exploration. MUSK is an enthusiastic young firm, with experience in residential, educational and public realm architecture.

Other businesses currently on site at Lifestyle Working Collins include Paradise Music, which runs music and arts events in Melbourne, and games developers House House Studio.

Lifestyle Working Collins, with its open communal spaces, shared meeting rooms and forward-thinking environmental design, was always designed as a space that might allow for the cross-pollination of ideas. The Docklands Spaces project has understood and potentially furthered this by bringing a diverse range of businesses into close proximity with each other. Who knows – there could be a youth-oriented film-on-bicycles project or animated architectural initiative on the cards. We’ll be sure to keep you in the loop.

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