Feeding the #ideasboom at the Claisebrook Design Community


The insertion of a playful façade applied over a light industrial warehouse on Gladstone Street, near the Claisebrook Train Station, provides a small clue of the inner workings of this new ‘accelerator’ start-up-business workspace.

Co-operatives and collectives have long had a role contributing to the vibrancy of urban environments with what they create and where they work. The Claisebrook Design Community project as a facilitator to the ‘maker-doers’ expands on this role, contributing a sense of vibrancy and innovation not only to its occupants but to the local environment as a place making project and a connected hub. A range of interconnected spaces are made visible; the public is invited in with the lure of colour and coffee, and the space unfolds as a series of dynamic and flexible areas, providing a hub of innovation and ideas.

Lines and materials of the saw-tooth shell are borrowed to define spaces and decorate surfaces. A familiar industrial palette, a signifier of making, is made brighter with colour, pattern and light. Interactions of space are expressed with exposed timber framing, raw plywood, cyclone mesh fencing, gates & industrial scaled sliding doors. This new insertion breaks down the scale of the warehouse to pick up the granular machinations of the brief and the occupants this building houses. A space of innovation, ideas and creativity. A connected hub of activity, this project provides communal working and meeting spaces, an open event space, and individual working pods.

 As the federal government embraces a policy of innovation and creativity, attention is once again placed on the local, the small scale activities that might sustain us economically. The Claisebrook Design Community project feeds the #ideasboom, and strategically activates the environment and neighbourhood. In this instance a collective is provided with an armature; the ‘maker-doers’ can develop their business ideas in to a workable model, in a space that encourages ideas, collaboration and innovation.