If a happy worker works harder, how can you keep you employees happy? For Australian real estate company Domain, a leap in that direction was creating a home away from home in their new office space in Sydneyâ€™s Pyrmont.
Committed to creating a space where people would be excited to come to work (even providing each of their 350+ staffers with noise-cancelling Bose headphones to counter the potentially distracting construction) the company tasked Siren Design and founder/CEO Mia Feasey, who have also revamped offices for companies like Facebook and Lonely Planet, with reinventing the former woolshed.
The result is a tangible sense of home that permeates the space â€“ and itâ€™s no accident. Details like panelling on doors and walls, using curtains rather than glass frosting on meeting room windows and lush soft furnishings all work to reflect the feel of a residential dwelling, rather than an office space. Itâ€™s like working from home, but from a very, very cool office.
Access to the office is via a lengthy outdoor decked terrace and sun streams in through the abundant glass panels that cover the ceilings throughout the office. The almost-acre sized office is like one, expansive sunroom.
A highlight of the space is the central hub of an open meeting pod, where casual meetings can be comfortably held without disturbing surrounding staff â€“ the clever noise-absorbing lamps above the circular shell make certain to keep overflowing noise to a minimum.
Conducive to both work and play (thereâ€™s a gaming room that staff are known to frequent), the office is a testament to both clever, considered design but also a company dedication to a healthy culture.
â€œWhen the team come to a place where they feel at home and welcome, itâ€™s only natural that they can do their best work,â€ group director of employee experience, Megan Bromley confirms. â€œWeâ€™re proud of our new office and we think itâ€™s a true reflection of what we can offer, and what more we can achieve.â€