Best Workplace of the Decade?

John Karas



Best Workplace of the Decade?

Our client International Towers has officially been named a finalist for ‘Best of the Decade’ Workplace, by the 2020 INDE Awards judging panel. 

Specifically, the ‘Carpe Diem Community’ workplace on Levels 30 and 31 of Tower Two has been identified as a watershed moment in workplace design which has redefined the meaning of how and where we work.

“Being recognised as one of the best workplaces ever created in the Indo-Pacific region over the past decade is an incredible honour,” says Tony Byrne, General Manager, International Towers. “It acknowledges the vision of Liam Timms and Robyn Lindsey in wanting to re-write the role of the workplace for smaller, growing enterprises, and validates our investments in creating one of the most progressive and sustainable workplaces in the country. It’s a genuine honour to be recognised in this way by one of the region’s leaders in design education and media.”

The ‘Best of the Decade’ award is a new era-defining accolade that honour the lasting impact of a single, influential piece of architecture or design in the Indo-Pacific. Open to entrants across the region, Best of the Decade | The Work Space recognises the exceptional execution of and lasting impact made by a single, influential piece of architecture or design.

We’ve been privileged to be part of the International Towers story from when the buildings first came to life, helping to develop its identity, brand strategy, leasing campaign, marketing and internal wayfinding.


Great friend of The Gallery and workplace visionary, Robyn Lindsey from Geyer, describes what makes the project so special:

“The world has changed dramatically over the past decade, as have the challenges for commercial enterprises. A new millennials-dominant workforce is increasingly demanding a complex mix of attributes that blurs the lines between personal and professional life, seeking better balance by placing as much emphasis on autonomy, culture, sustainability and wellness as traditional metrics for success.

“Meanwhile, smaller companies continue to balance an increasing social and environmental accountability with a need for growth, flexibility and ROI. The challenges of competing for and retaining the best talent, and the imperative to continually improve the efficiency and performance of space and people are ever-present."

Carpe Diem was not a response to a brief. It is the result of profound and highly sophisticated foresight into the impact of revolutionary and generational change on how companies and people will work, and the role of the workplace - specifically for smaller sized enterprises - in supporting this change. It is a wholly new concept in communal working - a seamless fusion of diverse ingredients, each playing a role in creating an environment that lets people thrive and supports them in delivering the best outcomes.

“By placing universal human needs at the heart of the workplace environment, Carpe Diem eliminates many of the complex challenges curtailing the success of small enterprise. The design and management of Carpe Diem communicates inspiring vision, shared goals, common values, a lack of prejudice and a sense of ethics, fuelling people’s potential, creativity, meaning and purpose, in a physical environment that facilitates positive interactions, safety and freedom.”

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