A floor created from recycled bottles – welcome to a workspace transformation that may be dark in colour, but green by nature.

Visy is a global leader in packaging, paper and resource recovery, providing high quality, innovative and sustainable packaging products and solutions. Operating in over 120 sites in Australasia, they have been a leader in packaging innovation in Australia for over 70 years and offer unique and forward thinking packing and recycling solutions.

A1 Office was recently selected to create a new Melbourne headquarters for Australia’s biggest privately-owned company, Visy, whose motto is ‘For a Better World’. Visy valued A1 Office’s commitment toward sustainability and the resulting workspace transformation is a testament to these shared values.

Visy was looking for a flexible, unique and efficient workspace transformation for their new Essendon Fields headquarters. As a global sustainable packaging solutions leader, the new workspace had to reflect their values in creating ‘a better world’ by using sustainably sourced materials and furniture. With a floorplate of over 1000sqm, we selected the highest quality and most sustainable materials and furniture solutions from the ground up. Custom joinery pieces built in our very own Melbourne-based workshop, carpet made from 54,500 recycled plastic bottles diverted from landfill, low VOC wall paint, privacy division screens featuring recycled wall panels and tables and stools made from 100% recycled plastic. Health and wellbeing in the working environment were important factors when considering a design for Visy’s new workspace. We designed Visy’s office with open working spaces and tucked away areas for some quiet time out, which could also be used as casual meeting spaces. Given the materials used in the context, the added approach of circular form was to soften the harsh appearance of visibly recycled materials. Curvature was used to create a homely feel and activate the senses with bold Visy blues and a party of confetti pop in the recycled office tables and stools.