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IDEA 2013 Winner!

Wowee, last week was a biggie. We won ‘Best Workplace under 1000 sqm’ at the national Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) for our self-designed + built studio (guided by master builder Wez Old from Local Spaces). Thanks to Niche, (Inside) Magazine, our fellow practices and all the jurors – it was wonderful to get the nod. Congratulations to all winners, highly commended projects and our fellow practices. Here is a picture of most of us (L-R: Eugenia Lim, Joachim Holland, James Stephens, Ben Keck and Wesley Old – minus our intrepid bearded co-director Giuseppe Demaio). Our good friend James is casually holding the award! All winners will be featured in the December issue of (Inside). Full list of gongs here.

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A studio visit from Ella Leoncio

Blogger Ella Leoncio from Pages from My Moleskine visited us recently for a tour of the studio over croissants. We want to thank Ella for taking the time to come meet us and also the praise (and gorgeous pictures) you bestowed on our studio. It was fun to relive the DIY moments in the design and build stages of our own work space. With no fixed furniture; our studio is freed up to offer multiple arrangements and uses – a working environment that mirrors our core values – small footprint living, good design and collaboration. Thanks to Ella – visit again anytime!

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Our studio in Gestalten’s Work Scape book

Pokey cubicle be gone! Gestalten recently released a book called ‘Work Scape’ that collates together forward-thinking examples of workspaces. Companies like Facebook, Youtube and Monocle some of the larger companies featured for creating new, more creative and collaborative environments to work within. Alongside these giants, Work Scape also gives a nod to smaller enterprises, temporary ventures and freelance endeavours as progressive and ingenious examples; our humble studio being one. We are very proud that our studio charts a new kind of flexible, ethical and social workspace. The book is a valuable survey and reference to designers and employers alike – for reshaping work environment into an enjoyable and inspiring space. Image courtesy of Gestalten.



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AP turns one!

Woo! Assemble Papers celebrate its first year in the making! We are so grateful for the opportunity to grace your screens with our slow and steady mix of words, images and ideas. Our editor Eugenia Lim reflects on what AP has set out to do and will continue to do – to encourage a thoughtful and responsible awareness to the way we live and make choices. This is a new angle on an old idea, as friend and image maker Sonia Rentsch suggests, something that certainly should bring us a smile. For the journey so far, we would like to thank all our contributors, mentors, interns, supporters and readers for making the year so rewarding and enjoyable. Happy, happy birthday everybody!

Birthday feature image by Sonia Rentsch and photographed and filmed by William-Dirk du Toit.

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Meeting Jan Gehl

As you may already know, Melbourne is no stranger to the title of ‘Most Liveable City’ (third time in a row as of this year!) This is definitely no accident, as pointed out by renowned architect and urban consultant Jan Gehl, when he recently visited Melbourne for an international study tour. Jan and Rob Moore, City of Melbourne’s Manager of Design, took us through the streetscapes of our beloved city. Melbourne’s signature laneway culture, outdoor dining and bicycle lanes are culmination of Jan’s influences and the persistence of local collaborators. In 1993, Jan recommended for these qualities of streetscape be implemented into the planning of future Melbourne but they were scoffed upon. Yet, now, we are enjoying the result of his fight for the human scale — a city which encourages people to hang around and enjoy being there. With many developed and developing cities requesting to ‘do a Melbourne’, we thank Jan for his dedication to the vision that cities are for people!

Biggest thanks to Mitra Anderson-Oliver for interviewing Jan.

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Introducing Fieldwork and Local Peoples

The Assemble HQ in Northcote, Melbourne is a bustling place. In addition to our systematic scouring of the city’s inner-north for the optimum site for Assemble’s first small footprint residential project, we’ve just launched a new architecture practice, Fieldwork. Fieldwork is currently undertaking a number of exciting projects in Melbourne ranging from a 9-level apartment tower in the CBD through to smaller residential projects. Led by Joachim (Quino) Holland, a former Associate at Jackson Clements Burrows, the team comprises highly experienced architects from top tier domestic and international firms.

We also offer creative services through Local Peoples, which is led by creative director Giuseppe Demaio. Local Peoples provides creative services for clients in shaping brand story and brand experiences, including creative direction, identity design, graphic design, digital design, photography, film and written content and brand experience (including retail design) for clients such as Alpha60, Nike, Australian Unity, Red Bull, The Queensland Eye Institute, The World Health Organisation, Melbourne University and NCDFREE.

Photo of the Assemble studio by TM Photo.

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Quino interviewed in AR!

Hola April! Our Joachim (Quino) Holland is interviewed alongside kindred-spirited veteran Graeme Gunn by guest editor Maitiu Ward of Architecture Review. The conversation covers the challenges and strategies in engaging with the private property development sector through quality design thinking from the 1960s to now. Graeme details two of his projects; Winter Park and Molesworth Street – both designed on the principle of aggregating parkland while increasing the density of houses. Woven in-between, Quino talks about the demands and issues surrounding the contemporary design of Australian homes – which are in need of greater downsize. Both architects recognise that the dated Aussie dream of owning a quarter-acre block needs to be significantly reshaped toward a more sustainable and small-footprint model of living.

Thanks to Graeme Gunn and Maitiu Ward for the stimulating banter.

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The Social Studio shop (almost) complete

It’s been a little while since we updated you on Assemble news. That’s because we’ve been a bit too busy to write! It’s been an eventful year so far, continuing to publish our creativity and sustainability journal Assemble Papers while consistently scouring the Melbourne property landscape for our first Assemble small footprint residential project. Another bit of major news is our (almost) complete redesign of The Social Studio, an incredible social enterprise which comprises a shop (selling fashion-forward graphic and geometric clothes for ladies and men), fashion and hospitality school, cafe at the all-around good vibes HQ in Collingwood, Melbourne. After a number of years in operation, working with young people from refugee backgrounds and recent immigrants, predominantly from the Horn of Africa, The Social Studio was bursting at the seams and in need of a fresh, adaptable and sustainable new design on a low, low budget. This brief was right up our alley – Giuseppe and Eugenia supported TSS on a highly successful Indiegogo campaign (which raised over $17,000 to cover the cost of the renovations and materials) while Joachim came up with a flexible whitewashed plywood pegboard system and interior design which breathed new life into the daily operations of the store for customers and staff alike. Bright new lights were donated by the kind folk at Light Project. If you’re in Melbourne, head down to the TSS store to chat to the excellent team and to check our our redesign. The final touch will be a new reception counter which we hope to install by the end of 2013.

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New Architects

On Fri 16 November, we hosted the latest New Architects shindig, a get together for new and emerging architecture and design practices, practitioners and design aficionados from Melbourne here at the Assemble studio. Some stellar presentations from lighting and furniture designer Ross Gardam, brand new architecture and urbanism practice Studio Apparatus, Matt Rawlins of Figure Ground, Richard Stampton Architects and Michael Ong of Thanks to all of those who made it down and introduced themselves – stay tuned for more from these talented practices. You may even see their work profiled in our own Assemble Papers in weeks to come!

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The Social Studio Indiegogo update

We are so chuffed to announce that The Social Studio’s crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo was a roaring success!  $17,284 was raised over 3 weeks, just over the $16,500 needed to cover the construction and materials cost of the renovation. Assemble has provided pro bono architectural services and design for The Social Studio version 2.0 will be located in the same spot at 128 Smith Street, Collingwood. Euge and Pino also shot and produced the campaign video, starring TSS Founder Grace McQuilten and retail queen Atong Joseph. We are wholehearted supporters of the The Social Studio – not only their fine food and fashion, but particularly their active advocacy and professional development for young members of the community who are most in need of a voice, mode of expression and agency. The shop build begins later this year. Hoorah!

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