Another award for studioFive

PTID’s studioFive continues to draw in the accolades from the Education Design community.

“An Innovative Education Initiative” was awarded to studioFive as part of the Learning Environments Australasia 2018 Awards for Excellence in Educational Facilities held in Sydney last month.

Jury Citation: The jury of the Category 6 awards is pleased to declare as winner studioFive designed by PTID in collaboration with The University of Melbourne’s Learning Environments Applied Research Network. studioFive exemplifies creativity, innovation, productivity and sustainability in the delivery of the arts in education for specialist and collaborative subject areas, in a space that enables the transformation of learning and teaching.

Congratulations to Ben Lornie and all the team who realised such a cutting edge project.

Kim Aleksandrowicz

PTID continues to recognise the talents of our team and foster their professional development – we are proud to announce the promotion of Theresa Ricacho to the role of Associate. Theresa’s strong design leadership and unwavering commitment has seen her realise innovative design outcomes that we are proud to have in our portfolio. Congratulations Theresa!

Kim Aleksandrowicz

The beginning of 2018 sees us celebrating Courtney Jamieson’s promotion to the role of Associate at PTID.  Working collaboratively with her clients, Courtney is responsible for a creative diversity across PTID’s project portfolio (Intrepid/Supre/Renault to name a few), capturing each organisation’s spirit and social heart while supporting and enhancing their operational requirements. An invaluable creative mentor to our growing team, we are very proud of her achievements.

Kim Aleksandrowicz
AIA Tours Cotton On

Last Thursday we braved a 35 degree morning to tag along with the Victorian Chapter of the AIA as they toured our expansive Cotton On Campus in North Geelong. Part of the AIA’s Perimeter Networking Series, the Cotton On Campus Tour focused on our building repurposing and it’s consequential urban renewal, and understanding how this has contributed to The Cotton On Group giving back to the Geelong community by cementing their global operations in a region that has experienced a dramatic decline in local manufacturing in recent years. Many thanks to the AIA, as well as Colorbond for sponsoring Perimeter, and many, many thanks to Robert Long of Cotton On for being courageous enough to lead us through the heat and share Cotton On’s inspiring journey to become Australia’s largest global retailer. To see more of our work with The Cotton On Group, click here, here, and here.

Kim Aleksandrowicz
studioFive: multi award winner

2017 has been a big year for PTID with our studioFive project being recognised both nationally and internationally for excellence in pedagogical design. 

Winner of the Australian Interior Design Award for Public Design 2017 and the Renovation / Modernisation Over $2m at the Learning Environments Australasia (LEA) Annual Excellence in Educational Facilities Awards 2017.

 AIDA Jury Citation

This teaching, research and engagement centre based in the University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Graduate School of Education, has an overtly exaggerated response to the brief. It’s a mix of different spaces that are flexible not unlike a Transformer. Through progressive innovation, studioFive breaks new ground in pedagogical environments by pushing the capabilities of each zone with more daring than is expected. The interior’s robustness feels brave and confident and this lends the project longevity. Breakout areas add a domestic scale to the overall scheme and create plenty of room to either retreat quietly by oneself or collaborate in a group. While each highly functional space is distinct, the intricacy of the ceiling – in its many theatrical variations – is the unifying factor visually drawing everything together. The level of detailing and finish may be excellent, but the architects’ have thoughtfully made sure it never overshadows the programmatic requirements. They’ve been able to look beyond mere embellishment to realize a heightened environment conducive to achieving the best pedagogical outcomes possible.

AIDA 2017

LEA Singapore 2017

Kim Aleksandrowicz

Built in 1942 by Nazi Germany this imposing building has had many lives.

Initially an air raid shelter for up to 3,000 people, this ominous structure occupies an area of 1,000m² rising 18 metres high; its walls up to two metres thick and a roof of three meters of concrete. Originally it had 120 rooms existing over five floors.

After the war, around 1945 it was briefly used by the Red Army as a prisoner-of-war camp, then from 1949 it was a textile store, and from 1957 as storage for dry and tropical fruit – in particular bananas from Cuba, lend­ing it the name ’Banana Bunker’.

Because of its location in a residential area it was not destroyed after the war as many other bunkers were. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, it was classified as a listed building. On the outside it still bares the scars of its checkered past.

In the 1990s, it was a hot spot for illegal raves, fetish, gabba and techno parties, and was nicknamed ‘the hardest club on earth’ until finally shut down following multiple police raids.

In 2003 the building was bought by Christian Boros and his wife Karen, who along with architects REALARCHITEKTUR (Jens Casper, Petra Petersson, Andrew Strickland), redesigned the building. The process saw the removal of 450 cubic metres of concrete. They converted the building into a 3,000m2 bespoke gallery space for their contemporary art collection, and added a 450m2 glass-walled private penthouse residence on the roof. This work was completed in 2007 and that same year saw the first public presentation of the Boros private art collection. Tours can be made today, by appointment.

The Boros Collections holds work by artists Ai Weiwei, Awst & Walther, Dirk Bell, Cosima von Bonin, Marieta Chirulescu, Thea Djordjadze, Olafur Eliasson, Alicja Kwade, Klara Lidén, Florian Meisenberg, Roman Ondák, Stephen G. Rhodes, Thomas Ruff, Michael Sailstorfer, Tomás Saraceno, Thomas Scheibitz, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Danh Vo, Cerith Wyn Evans and Thomas Zipp.

 Images courtesy of:

Kim Aleksandrowicz
Rearranging the Way We Learn

Our project for studioFive features as part of the new ‘Made Possible by Melbourne’ campaign, for The University of Melbourne.

For the month of November, the integrated campaign by McCann uses the existing advertising infrastructure in Melbourne’s CBD to host an interactive exhibition showcasing the University’s research projects and how they’re shaping our future for the better. The exhibition is accompanied by a digital audio guide, virtual map, and a suite of short films further exploring this critical research.

Rearranging the Way We Learn looks at how we are redesigning the traditional classroom to fit the needs of 21st century school kids. It’s exciting to see the way the environment of studioFive can be adjusted and adapted to suit these contemporary needs.

More information here:

Kim Aleksandrowicz
Interior Design Excellence Awards 2016

The shortlist for the 2016 IDEA awards has been announced and PTID’s innovative studiFive project has been recognised in the Public Space category.

We are very proud of our team for realising such an advanced concept in pedagogy, and are honoured to receive this recognition by our peers and industry.

IDEA 2016

Kim Aleksandrowicz

Mori Art Museum Tokyo  |  10th Anniversary Exhibition

All You Need Is LOVE:

To mark its 10th anniversary, the Mori Art Museum takes the theme of “love.” Via 200 works ranging from celebrated contributions to art history, to ambitious new works, the exhibition explores love in its myriad forms - starting romantic love, extending to love of family, and love of mankind. Possessed of a complexity that causes it to occasionally stray into the realms of hatred and jealousy, The exhibition presents renowned works depicting love in its many manifestations, including the new kinds of bond we forge in today’s internet.

Pictured: YayoiKusama - Love is Calling

Mori Art Museum (53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower Tokyo)

Kim Aleksandrowicz
Japan - Details

Our graphic designer Carl Martin took these beautiful photographs on his trip to Japan earlier this year.

Focusing in on architectural details and textures, these images are much loved in our office and we are rather proud to share them with you.

Original Photography by Carl Martin.

Kim Aleksandrowicz
The Shape of Cities

Have a look at these.

Yoni Alter, a London based designer, art director and artist, has produced a beautiful series of screenprints overlaying the architectural landmarks of major cities around the world in vibrant colour, each to scale. A clean and simple art project that continues to build, with more cities being promised.


Kim Aleksandrowicz
PTID @ Exchange 2016

Learning Environments Australasia Conference

The Association for Learning Environments is a worldwide organisation sharing knowledge, experiences and best practices in planning, designing and building great learning environments. 

The theme for this year’s conference was Exchange, and was set up as a marketplace for ideas exchange, asking:

  • What do educators have to exchange with designers?
  • What do designers have to exchange with educators?
  • What do students have to exchange with us all?
  • How should we be allocating our resources to support learning in a contemporary world?
  • Who leads exchange?
  • Why exchange?

PTID’s innovative education space studioFive was a destination on the first tour of the conference which was themed:  Then & Now. Evolving Pedagogy and Space.

Learning Environments Australasia said of studioFive “While 'creative precincts' are not uncommon, studioFive has been collaboratively designed with the intention of facilitating improved pedagogic practices in a tertiary arts precinct.

The design, as it has evolved, is an innovative response to how the arts can and should be taught. It is also a reflection of the complexities of working closely with educators with quite mixed concepts of the learning environment.”

Kim Aleksandrowicz
The Pathe Foundation

A beautiful organic ‘creature’ peeks its head quietly over a restored heritage façade as it rests snuggly amongst its historic neighbours.

Kim Aleksandrowicz

We are very pleased to announce our two new Associates, Philippa Sharp & Laura Fountain.

Laura brought her extensive retail credentials to PTID, and if you’ve ever stopped to browse the stores before your flight from the T1 Terminal at Sydney International Airport you more than likely wold have found yourself surrounded by her work.

Philippa has continued to strengthen our Workplace portfolio through her invaluable partnerships with organisations such as UniSuper and SPC, whose new workplace environments embody their contemporary, energetic and dynamic cultures.

We congratulate both designers on their most excellent work!

Kim Aleksandrowicz

PTID continues our tradition in nurturing the development and growth of our best talent and we are very pleased to announce the promotion of Emma Blunn and Ben Lornie, who move into the role of Senior Associate. Two of our most accomplished design leaders, their respective expertise in the fields of Workplace and Education design has been invaluable to PTID, and we are very proud of their achievements.

Kim Aleksandrowicz
The Abstract

Another proud achievement by a member of the PTID family – Emma Sow Jan Loo, after graduating with top honours from Monash last year has joined PTID as a full time designer. Emma won the Sir John Monash Medal: MADA Faculty, which is awarded annually to recognise extraordinary academic achievement to a final year undergraduate degree student for: an outstanding academic record, and demonstrating a significant commitment, while at Monash University, to advancing the University's goals of social justice, human rights and a sustainable environment.

Emma was also an integral member of the design team that produced THE ABSTRACT, an ambitious interior architecture exhibition project exploring unorthodox spatial realms of reading rooms. Designed by Monash University Interior graduates in collaboration with Matthew Bird of Studiobird, the exhibition reinvents the tradition of a reading room environment within a gallery context to promote prestigious academic journals with the aim to engage early career academics to the realties and benefits of publishing.

The Abstract was designed by Emma Loo, Jasmine Rachim, Eliza Monti, Ellen Hodson, Amanda Blazey, in collaboration with Sabio Evans (Costumes), Deanne Butterworth (Choreography), Gene Bawden (Typography), Matthew Bird (Studiobird).

Kim Aleksandrowicz
The Neon Boneyard

Las Vegas, a town wrapped up in so much Hollywood myth that it can overshadow the real place. On our cinema screens it has been presented to us as ostentatious, splendiferous, and cartoon-like with its bright neon lights and histrionics. And with all things bright and shiny, whether real or cinematic, comes the inevitable fading and burning out. The Neon Museum is the desert mausoleum for the iconic art form of the neon sign that is so synonymous with Las Vegas. When a sign is no longer fit for The Strip it can be gifted or loaned to the museum where it can live out its days in dignity, and age gracefully. The Boneyard is home to some of the most treasured and world-famous signs of Las Vegas – Caesars Palace, Binion's Horseshoe, the Golden Nugget  and the Stardust. These photographs were taken by our graphic designer Carl Martin, during his recent visit to the US.

Information on the Neon Museum and its The Boneyard can be found here:

Kim Aleksandrowicz
Benesse House Museum

Benesse House Museum and Arts Precinct is located on the island of Naoshima in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan. This unique facility combines the functions of both museum and hotel and there are few places in the world where one may experience this combination of art and architecture in such a sublime coastal location.

Naoshima lies some 13 kilometres north of Takamatsu, this island and many small, surrounding islands are known collectively as Naoshima. A hilly island covered in granite and weathered soil, Naoshima has few level areas, but the winding coastline reveals the natural beauty that islands of the Inland Sea are known for, with stretches of white, sandy beach accented by green pine trees.

Designed by Tadao Ando.

Photographs by Carl Martin.

Kim Aleksandrowicz