Paramount by The Office Space was recognised as the best designed workplace in the world at the highly anticipated World Festival of Interiors (INSIDE) awards recently, where architectural firm Woods Bagot took home top honours in the office category. Located in an iconic heritage-listed, beautiful Art Deco building in the Sydney suburb of Surry Hills, the stunning project had some tough competition – it was one of a total of 63 submissions that were shortlisted across nine categories.
With its spectacular use of joinery and masculine yet elegant vibe, the judges were forthcoming with praise. “The project is a paradigm shift for co-working which achieved a high-quality outcome rarely seen before. It also represents a refreshing contrast in office design, where highly crafted spatial, detailing and materiality strategies have been composed with an old world dignity,” said the judges.
On hand to accept the coveted award was Woods Bagot director Domenic Alvaro alongside his clients and collaborators Boris and Naomi Tosic. “The World Festival of Interiors is the epitome of the global architecture and design forum. Winning this award demonstrates the success of entwining integrated design, the client’s ambitions and the craft of the maker into one narrative,” says Domenic, who accepted the award in Berlin.
Aside from its sumptuous yet functional design, the project’s pioneering work in the co-working office space contributed to the win. “Ultimately the space has enhanced the work behaviours and attitudes of the tenants. Paramount has a decidedly modern feel – its innovative use of space and form coupled with an impeccable level of personal service and business support takes it to the forefront of office design. The result is a less transient, more stable and deeply authentic workplace grounded in human experience,” says Domenic.
Photography: Trevor Mein