Renowned German appliances company, Miele, engaged WMK Architecture to design their new Hawthorn-based headquarters in Melbourne. The result is an activity-based space where the Miele team are empowered to choose their location based on their requirements to collaborate, meet or work privately.
Miele entered the Australian market over 40 years ago, and WMK worked with all staff to ensure the workplace aligned with Miele’s future aspirations. The results of the workplace strategy informed the moody, tonal colour palette of the space, reflecting Miele’s branding and aesthetic, as well as designing an environment where staff were excited to engage in a new, agile way of working.
Natural light has been maximised in an open-plan area, where Softscape lounge by LEN alongside Universal tables by Ross Gardam provide a central meeting point. Locally designed and manufactured Met stools by Stylecraft and a Bauhaus modular ottoman continue the tonal theme across a social and kitchen space for Miele staff and visitors.
The strong focus on Australian designed and manufactured products continues throughout the fit-out in the sophisticated lobby with the selection of Avion armchairs by Keith Melbourne, Breeze coffee and side tables by Ross Gardam and a Softscape lounge.
Miele’s high-quality appliances have been used throughout the space to add to the achievement of a landmark headquarters for the brand.