Workplace Transformation: ARRB

The Australian Road Research Board’s (ARRB) new Port Melbourne office is a showcase of how smart design can create synergy in the workplace. Well considered architectural forms, movement and environmental graphics are carefully integrated and create a unified agile working environment.

ARRB’s future workplace;

The new workplace was imagined as a new way of working, not just a new address. ARRB wished to promote collaborative work style between laboratory technicians, road materials specialist and academics. At the core of every design decision was the need to ensure that this significant culture shift not only in location but also in working methodologies was balanced with a supportive and contemporary workplace setting.

The ARRB fit-out saw the transformation of a Port Melbourne Warehouse. The aim was to blend these significantly different work zones in the form of a large scale sweeping design gesture, whilst supporting a controlled laboratory environment.

The design is a celebration of the relationship between scale, movement, technology and people.

Hear Chief Executive Officer, Michael Caltabiano has to say about ARRB workplace Transformation:

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INDE.Awards 2019

PTID are excited to have received peer recognition in the INDE.Awards 2019, The Learning Space Category for The Kwong Lee Dow Building at the University of Melbourne.

This innovative design seen transformation of a once carpark and loading dock into 2000sqm of additional learning space.

The Kwong Lee Dow Building is a multipurpose learning environment that caters to the contemporary needs of student and university alike by combining detailed student spaces with highly flexible learning environments that can be modified from large-scale examination venue, to intimate learning environment at the touch of a button. Smart storage with reconfigurable furniture delivers an integrated facility of endless configurations to suit the changing and diverse needs of the University of Melbourne.

Congratulations to the all involved.

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PTID  is thrilled to welcome Courtney Jamieson to her new home in the Sydney studio following her successful  design career based in our Melbourne studio.

With an industry reputation for working collaboratively with our leading clients, Courtney continues her responsibility  for  creative diversity across PTID’s project portfolio capturing each organisation’s spirit and social heart while supporting and enhancing their operational requirements.

We look forward to introducing you to  Courtney in the near future.

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The beginning of 2019 welcomes two graduate designers to the PTID Melbourne Team, Kimberly Botha and Lewis Mahady.

MADA graduate, Kimberly initially joined PTID in the beginning of 2018 through Monash Universities Industry Based Learning program. After a successful 6 week placement Kimberly continued at PTID as a part time student designer whilst completing her final year of study.

Similar to Kim, Lewis began his journey with PTID as a student designer. After graduating from University of Technology Sydney he made the move to Melbourne and to begin his career as a full time Interior Designer.

PTID are proud of Kimberly and Lewis's achievements as design students and look for to sharing there fresh perspective on design.

Congratulation's Kimberly and Lewis, can’t wait to see what you bring to the table in 2019.

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2018 Wrap Up

2018 has been a successful year for us at PTID with a strong output of projects that we are extremely proud of. We would like to take a moment to reflect on the year that has been acknowledging the hard work of our team and industry peers. We wish to extend a big thank you to all of our clients who have chosen to work with us this year. Some of these relationships are new, some are long-standing, we are grateful for each one of them. Please enjoy this snapshot of 2018 and from all of us at PTID, we thank you for being a great collaborating partner this year and look forward to doing it all again in 2019.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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:

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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:

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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

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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)

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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.

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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.


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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.”

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