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The Evolution of the Modern Workspace

Ahh, 2020. We made it! 🥳🥂

For the last 12 months, there have been numerous articles written questioning the necessity of the traditional office and the modern workplace.

With millions of workers forced to work from home during the global pandemic, businesses have been quick to adapt to the change in environments, with many debating just how crucial the physical office is in 2020.

Before we get into the important statistics and discussion, let’s begin with a little quiz (give yourself a pat on the back if you get all five).

With many of us have been forced to work from home over the past months, adapting spare rooms into home offices and juggling work and home life, with the line becoming increasingly blurred – we now work and live in the same space, and the previous demarcation between work and personal lives has become a thing of the past.

For some, the added time benefit of not having a lengthy commute to work has meant more time to engage in new hobbies and restoring old routines. For others, the challenge of balancing ‘work time’ from ‘home-time’ has been a much harder transition.
Now that semblances of normality are resuming, and offices are reopening, many are rethinking their attitudes towards the necessity of returning to that commute and forsaking elements of their ‘new normal’.

For months now our team has been debating whether our current climate conditions will herald a new evolution of the office and a shift in attitudes towards ‘flexi-work’ and WFH. After watching countless webinars from experts across the globe, discuss their current workplace challenges, many of us are still undecided.

After much debate, the facts remain –  out here in regional Australia, we are yet to see any real positive shift towards WFH culture that major cities are seeing across the globe.

At the height of the first wave, many regional businesses encouraged staff to work from home, but still kept the doors open for staff wanting to work from the office, with strict social distancing measures in place. Fast forward three months and very little has changed.
Given that the majority of outbreaks have occurred in metropolitan areas of Sydney and Melbourne, most regional businesses are continuing to open their doors to employees, as well as give them the option to work from home.

Speaking with members of the business community, many indicated quite strongly that once the novelty of ‘work from home’ wore off, they were actually excited to return to the office.


Fundamentally, working conditions in regional towns are very different for those working in major cities. On average, commute times are shorter and working conditions tend to be more flexible, with many young professionals looking to raise young families away from the hustle and bustle of suburban cities.

However, regional businesses certainly can’t afford to fall behind when it comes to delivering positive work experiences and office environments for their staff.

With the event of COVID-19, many national businesses have started to crunch the numbers to determine if a switch to the bush, could prove a masterstroke for their bottom line.

With ten major Australian businesses signed up to the Regional Australia Council 2031 –  the commitment to making flexible long-term employment a reality for workers is an encouraging sign for regional towns who have toiled through years of drought and most recently, devastating bushfires.

Speaking directly with business owners the overall assessment of the current workplace situation remains positive.

“We are seeing high numbers of staff returning to the office and adhering to strict COVID policy measures. If everyone can just stay away from Sydney and Melbourne we should continue to operate as normal”.

As for whether or not they would be looking to downsize their current office space, the overwhelming conscientious was a resounding – No.

Working with our own Formline clients, we are witnessing a trend towards creating spaces that are less traditionally defined and linear i.e. an open plan desk space for working, meeting rooms for collaboration, and breakout spaces for coffee and lunch.

The layout and design of the space are increasingly being dictated by employee needs and increasingly, we are being asked to design and build workplaces which include dedicated spaces for concentrated work, be they 1-person pods or quiet library inspired spaces, for collaboration outside of a meeting room in open collaboration spaces which facilitate more movement and general interactivity, and for relaxation in enhanced breakout spaces and even spaces to allow staff to unwind.

The current pandemic was forced upon us but one of its intriguing byproducts has been an increased focus on how effective we as employees can be outside of the normal work environment, but also the future of the office space and how we can reshape it into something far more effective and accommodating of modern employee needs.

The hub concept is one we believe will gather momentum and is not that dissimilar to the concept of co-working spaces, but in this case, they would be designed to suit a singular brand, not multiple SMEs.

As for determining how busy office traffic will be day-to-day? It is clear that many regional businesses will encourage staff to potentially work 1-2 days at home if they need they require flexibility (i.e raising young families, living remotely). Ideally, the office space will continue to be the optimal place for collaboration and engagement.

We live in interesting times and how the workplace evolves over the coming years will be watched keenly by employers, employees and office designers like Formline, but one thing is for sure, change is coming, and coming fast.

Watch this space…

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The Workplaces of the Future

I want you to close your eyes for a second.

Are they closed? Alright, imagine this.

Take yourself back to October 2019.

You are casually sitting next to your colleagues in the breakout room talking about the trashy reality TV you have been passively consuming over spring. Everyone in your office is going about their daily tasks without the slightest awareness of hell storm that is about to reign down them over the next 12 months. You finish that $17 salad you purchased at the local cafe and wrap up your conversation and return to your hot desk for an afternoon of preparing your next presentation for the boss (in your dream space – productivity is endless).

Now jump in the time machine. Not sure where it is? I can help you. It is located in the basement next to your end of trip facilities. You know, the area where all the wannabe Tour de France cyclists in your office (you know who you are) shower and change after their mad race to the office each morning.

Now we are not going too far into the future so no need to panic. Type in ‘July 2020’ and hit the big red button (always remember to strap on the seat belt and keep your arms and legs inside the time machine at all times).

Ok, you have arrived.

The office feels a lot quieter, doesn’t it?

You may be wondering where all your colleagues are? Well, chances are most of them are working from the comfort of their own homes. The office numbers have been reduced to accommodate only skeleton staff and essential workers.

This may be a little overwhelming, so feel free to take a seat on the new polyurethane seating in the lobby. Where are the big comfy fabric couches? They now share the same space as the ping pong table in the basement.

Now I know this is a lot to take in so let’s take a minute to explain how we ended up here.

Welcome to the office of the future and welcome to the new ‘normal’.

I know you are going to be a little disappointed that your favourite hang-out areas have been cordoned off and the kitchen area now has a list of rules as long as your arm, but I can assure you, this is all for your safety.

Over the last 6 months, there has been a significant amount of change in our daily lives. Our business practices have been forced to evolve, on pace with our knowledge of epidemiology.

As the business world grapples with the task of getting staff back into work, one innovative company based out of Amsterdam is fast-tracking professionals back into offices across the globe with their unique and innovative ‘6-Feet Office’. The creative team at Cushman & Wakefield has even used their own office space in the heart of Amsterdam to provide businesses with a true representation of how small innovations, can provide businesses globally with a road-map as we begin to enter the recovery phase of COVID-19.

The idea is brilliant in its simplicity and is broken down into 6 key principles.


Whilst many community restrictions will be relaxed over the next few months, social distancing is here to stay.

With some creative signage and flooring design, the 6 Feet Office subconsciously reinforces the concept of social distancing to limit the transmission of viruses.

Dark flooring outlines around desks highlight safe distances for communication between staff, disposable paper desk sheets sit under your technology devices and arrows on the floor indicate the flow of foot traffic around the office to reduce the ‘pinch points’, and eliminating the chance of accidentally running into colleagues as you both race for the printer.

As we begin to accelerate into a new phase there are many questions that still remain unanswered. Will there be a strong exodus of metro based businesses to the suburbs and regional areas to reduce overheads? Will we have more road traffic rather than less? Will our work hours begin to shift to avoid peak hours? These are just a few of the burning questions that must be solved in order for employees to return to the workplace as safe as possible.

Although the answers remain unclear, the response from businesses across the globe to find solutions to these problems and share their ideas, keeps me highly optimistic that the solution to many of these issues lies just around the corner.

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Top 5 tips to survive working from home


As many Australian workers are now being advised to self-isolate or asked by their employer to work from home, it is important to maintain healthy work practices.

We all tend to look for the laziest option when working from home (I am talking to you people who are reading this post from the comfort of your bed). Sitting six or more hours per day makes you up to 40% more likely to face adverse health conditions within 15 years, than someone who sits less than three. Always remember to get up, stretch out your spine and walk around the house. Not only does this increase blood flow around the body, but it also benefits your mental health during these uncertain times.

For many of us, our daily routines are paramount to the success of our day. Over the next few months, we must be more adaptable to change as news about constraints to our way of life continues to evolve on the hour.

Creating a workstation that will allow you to be actively engaged with your work away from the office is a fantastic way to stay motivated and stay positive throughout your day. De-clutter your workspace and maximise your storage. There is also a range of companies offering free or extended trial periods to assist those working remotely.

Use this time at home to create a workspace that you feel most comfortable. It is anyone’s guess as to how long some us will be working from the confines of own homes, so we all need to think about creative solutions to enable exciting and productive workspaces.

For some households, there may be more than one occupant working from home. Look at this with positivity and the opportunity for change. Who knows, your housemate or partner may share a new perspective on a work challenge you may be facing.

According to the World Health Organisation, it is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment).

If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with a common household disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Be thorough when cleaning surfaces and always remember to avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

If you turn on the news at any given point in the day you would be forgiven for feeling a little blue. It is important to always remember that there will be light at the end of the tunnel. We will all get through this together.

If you or your loved ones are feeling overwhelmed there is a range of mental health support services available to help you through your day.

Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636
Lifeline – 13 11 14

The team at Lifeline has put together a shortlist of ideas to help those working from home in isolation.

  • Connection – think of creative ways to stay connected with others, including social media, email, and phone.
  • Be generous to others – giving to others in times of need not only helps the recipient, but it also enhances your wellbeing too. Is there a way to help others around you?
  • Stay connected with your values. Don’t let fear or anxiety drive your interactions with others.
  • Limit your exposure to news and media. Perhaps choose specific times of day when you will get updates, and ensure they are from reputable and reliable sources.
No matter your circumstance, stay positive, be compassionate, reach out to those around you and look after one another.



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Advantages of choosing a design and build process

Choosing the right construction process for a project is crucial to achieving the desired outcome. Although the design and build method of construction has been available for decades, many people are still unaware of the advantages and how it differs from the traditional design-bid-build route. In this blog, we explore the differences between each method and summarise the advantages of using design and build.


Traditional route (design-bid-build)
The client would employ an architect who would create a detailed tender brief specifying which products and materials to use. The brief would then be put out to tender to the construction companies.  The company appointed would then complete the work and supply everything to the architect’s specifications.

Design and build route
The client would not employ an architect, and would instead approach a design and build company and provide them with a much looser, less detailed specification. For instance, they may say that they’ll require a set number of meeting rooms or how many employees they have. The finer details of the project are left up to the company who would complete the work.



1)   Faster – on average design and build projects are completed faster than going via the traditional route due to several factors:

  • The work onsite can commence sooner;
  • There are less people in the chain to communicate to;
  • The design and build company would use suppliers, products and systems that they are already familiar with, therefore there is less uncertainty over supply or quality.

2)   Cheaper – once the client has defined a budget for the project, the onus of keeping within the budget is on the design and build company, and by using suppliers who they use regularly and know are competitive, will bring the costs down.

3)   Enhanced communication – the client can liaise directly with the design and build company rather than having to go via the architect, meaning there would be less chance of information being communicated incorrectly and issues can be dealt with at an earlier stage.

4)   Single source of accountability – the design and build company is accountable for the entire project so the client will become familiar with the design and build company from the outset, creating a strong relationship which is highly beneficial to the project.

To find out more about how Formline Group could assist with your design and build project, contact us here.



How Office Interior Design Can Boost Employee Productivity and Happiness

Traditionally speaking, interior office design hasn’t been something that employers have considered important when it comes to employee happiness. However, in recent times, successful office refurb has become an important player in the discussion about employee morale and productivity.

A good way of looking at how interior office design can affect employee happiness is by relating it to wellness. A recent survey documented aspects of the office that employees should have access to, for the benefit of their wellness, and the results that came back were not positive:

  • Only 56% of employees said that the design of their office encouraged movement
  • 22% said that their office possessed greenery
  • 78% said that their office had quiet rooms, however that still means that nearly 1 in 4 offices don’t.

These factors are just some features of interior design that can have a direct link to employee wellness.

Where companies need to improve their office interior design

One key area that companies should look to improve on, in terms of interior office fit out, is space management. It’s important to gain a good balance between open space, where employees can engage and bounce ideas off each other freely and private areas, where employees who need a bit of peace and quiet to refresh their minds can go. Basically, the delegation of space in the office should reflect your workers’ preferences and how to get the best out of them collectively and as individuals.

Another area that companies should be improving when refurbishing the office is colour. Bland and boring offices with dull colours don’t exactly promote creativity. Whereas offices painted and decorated with bright colours have the potential to perk employees up as they walk in to work in the morning. It is however important that companies don’t use colours that don’t resonate with their brand. Example- would it really make sense for an environmental company to paint their office any colour other than green?

How interior design can boost employee happiness

One way of boosting employee happiness through an innovative office design is by letting employees design their own office space themselves. A study from the University of Essex discovered that productivity increased by 32% when employers allowed their staff to design the office that they worked in. Of course, these designs would have to be within a budget and within reason but giving your staff the creative freedom to design their workspace instills a feeling of trust which statistically boosts productivity.

One final aspect of office design to look at is lighting. It’s imperative that the design of your office allows outdoor lighting into the office from all angles, so the positioning and size of windows are key. Bright lighting inside the office is also important as working in the dark can not only negatively affect eyesight and cause headaches but it’s also said to have a negative effect on mental health.

Bringing it all together

Employee happiness is so important and always has been, because a happy worker is, generally speaking, a productive worker. By implementing our office interior design tips, businesses can ensure that their workforce is more productive than ever.


6 Tips to Lift Your Reception

Just like a face represents a person, your reception represents your company. And just like we form an opinion by a person’s face, most visitors similarly form an opinion about your business and how it’s doing by checking out your reception area.

Read our 6 tips for lifting your reception to ensure that it’s not letting you down.

  1. First Impressions

A reception desk is a very important element for every company.  This is generally the meeting point of employees and clients.  The reception desk is a focal point and therefore crucial for the first impression that prospective and existing clients get of your company.  This is why investing in a smart reception desk is a good idea.

The reception desk should emphasise the style and tone of your company.

Give your desk plenty of breathing space so there’s no chance it can get lost.

We recommend integrating storage into the desk because it helps the receptionist to keep their working area clean and tidy. Having a messy desk is certainly not something you would like your clients to see. Especially when you are trying to draw attention to it!

If you choose to avoid a desk and opt for intercoms or robotic receptionists, draw attention to them – who wants to confuse a visitor and consequently turn them away?

  1. Open & Airy

A light and bright reception offers a welcoming and friendly feel to your business.  Glass partitioning gives clients the illusion of a larger, lighter area as it allows more light to flow through the space.

Furthermore, your client gets a real feel of your business and it makes you seem more open and transparent.  If visitors are rare and/or having an independent receptionist doesn’t work for your company, it allows your staff to see and therefore attend to a visitor immediately.

Glass partitioning also keeps your staff secure with a physical barrier but doesn’t make the reception feel small and enclosed. Funky lighting i.e. pendants can be used as focal accents.

  1. Welcome All

The following considerations and adaptations will ensure your office is more accessible to all:

  • Is the reception area reasonably quiet and located away from any noisy machinery?
  • Is seating suitable for people with mobility impairments?
  • Waiting space for wheelchair users?
  • Might it be possible to create a lowered section of the reception desk? If not, it would be advisable to provide some means of allowing wheelchair users to sign forms etc., such as a lower writing shelf, or simply a clipboard.
  • Are people standing behind the reception desk easily see-able from the front, to make lip reading easier?
  1. Personality

If your company is a little more conservative than a cutting-edge tech firm, you may not see employees skateboarding across a room full of bean bags – especially attired in the suit specified on the company’s handbook.  Oak is one of the most enduring shades of furniture and always been there in many different guises. This shade portrays a longevity about your company. Decorations such as graphics and logos help create a strong sense of company branding.

On the other hand, if you see bright colours and graffiti, you are probably trying to link on with Generation Z.

Read also creating-an-inspiring-office-design .

  1. Tech

A touch of technology helps adding feather to the cap of your brand.  Whether it’s a company video or a check in machine.  Keep up.

  1. Functionality

Does your reception offer visitors everything that they need so that they feel comfortable and welcome?  Equally, is your reception designed so that it looks clean and tidy at all times?

Comfy, ergonomic seating will make your visitor’s wait pleasant and enjoyable.  Vending machines will help them feel refreshed.  These are obvious things to include, but how about going that step further by providing somewhere easy and safe to rest coffee cups as well as somewhere to dispose of them.  Provision of Wi-Fi and charging points show that you are going the extra mile to help your visitors have a productive wait.

If you plan to host informal meetings and discussions in your reception space, is it quiet enough and sufficiently shielded from inevitable traffic?

Does your floor ever look a bit dirty, especially when the weather’s not too good?  Installing a small area of entrance matting will help extend the life of the rest of your flooring and keeps it looking much cleaner as it takes the worst of the grime from footwear as people enter the office.

You need to be able to move in the reception without squeezing past furniture.  This will maintain all decorations and furniture in much better condition and your reception will look and feel more spacious and inviting.

“Good design to me is both appearance and functionality together.  It’s the experience that makes it a good design”. -Michael Graves

Get in touch with our workplace consultants for a bespoke design that will wow your visitors!

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Generation Z: Is your workplace ready?

Are you prepared for Generation Z?

They’re the demographic group following the Millennials and are starting to trickle into the workforce now.

Born after 1995, Generation Z don’t remember life without a smartphone in their pocket. They’re true digital natives.

But what do we know about these young people, and how will they impact the workplace?

The typical Gen Z

Generation Z has grown up with globalisation, recession, climate change, terrorism and technology expansion. And like the Millennials before them, this group has enjoyed the benefits of smaller family sizes, strong parental guidance, and heavy use of social media and portable technologies.

According to David Stillman, a Gen Z expert, a typical Gen Z is hard working, loyal and responsible. They value face to face communication and care about their impact on society.

And according to Stillman’s research, there are 7 personality traits that define Gen Z.

#1. Pragmatic. 60% say they want a long career with one company

#2. Competitive. Almost half consider themselves very competitive

#3. Connected. 84% prefer face to face communications with a boss

#4. Socially responsible. 93% say that a company’s impact on society affects their choice to work there

#5. Customisers. No limit to ideas but half would rather get a job than create one

#6. Plugged in. Technology is in their DNA. 90.6% of Gen Z say that a company’s technological sophistication would impact their choice to work there

#7. Self-reliant. Even though 77% say personal relationships with co-workers are important, many prefer to learn at their own pace.

What does this mean for the workplace?

One thing is for certain — Gen Z in the workplace will mean change.

Just what change is still uncertain. But based on our research, here’s our take on what it will mean and what you need to do to get ready.

  1. Encourage face-to-face communication and collaboration

Growing up with technology means Gen Z are continually connected to their friends and peers online. But this hasn’t diminished their desire for face to face communication. Remember, Stillman’s research found 84% of Gen Z prefer face to face communications with a boss.

While Gen Z may be more independent and entrepreneurial than previous generations, studies show they also enjoy collaborating with co-workers. One study shows that 41% of Gen Z say they prefer to work in an office for better communication with their colleagues.

  1. Nurture talent and encourage growth and learning

The pragmatic Gen Z group seem keen for some stability in their careers. Perhaps because they’re reacting to the gig economy endured by the Millennials before them, they would prefer to work for an organization that will support their growth and development.

Studies show this group will seek guidance, direction and support. Helping them progress and acquire new skills will build loyalty. Indicators show Gen Z are not afraid of hard work — some are calling them self-motivated go-getters.

  1. Provide a tech-centred workplace

When you’ve grown up with technology all around you, you expect it to be good. Gen Z will need the latest technology that allows them to stay connected and work efficiently. A company’s technological sophistication will impact their decision to work there, and stay working there.

  1. Offer work flexibility

This generation wants to make a difference at work and in the world in general. They’re competitive, self-reliant and socially responsible, willing to put in the time and effort to make big things happen.

But according to author Deep Patel, growing up in a fast-paced, technology-driven environment also means they have little patience for wasting time or putting in 9-to-5 hours when it’s not necessary. They subscribe to the adage of “work smart, not hard.”

Read also: Activity-Based-Working, Future-Proof-Your-Workplace

These new kids on the block have a lot to offer the workplace. They have big aspirations and will create change.

You ready?

Our mission at Formline Group is to help create vibrant and productive workplaces where people love to work. Want to find out more? Give us a call on 1300 641 800 or email

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Biophilic Design

Biophilia refers to the innate bond we, as human beings, have with nature & our natural surroundings. In turn, Biophilic Design takes this bond and applies it to spaces where we work, live & relax.

Biophilic design has gained huge prominence in recent times as the subsequent benefits such as wellbeing and reductions in staff stress levels have become hard to ignore. Here we’ll take a look at b-design & the benefits.

What is Biophilic Office Design?

Biophilic office design refers to an increasing trend of bringing the outdoors indoors, or more precisely, into the workplace. A common misconception is that biophilic design translates to adding lots of plant life and shrubbery. But it’s far more complex than that.

There are some simple principles that we can be aware of, and that can be relatively easy to incorporate into any workplace. Such as: access to natural light & views of the outside, utilising available outside areas, embracing colour, incorporating natural features like woods & stones, including plant life in the workplace, giving staff space & choice. Think ABW.

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Why Biophilic Office Design? The benefits.

Research into the various benefits of biophilic design has gone a long way. Introducing elements of nature into the workplace has been proven to increase staff productivity, creativity and morale.

Improved productivity

Workers with an exposed level of contact with nature are at least 15% more productive, compared to those with minimal contact. This can be attributed to a variety of factors. Including but not limited to better air quality, greater sense of wellbeing, improved concentration levels and/or a greater choice of work settings, including outdoor areas.

Increased concentration levels

Plant life in the workplace can vary from a selection of potted plants, to elaborate living walls, but the end result is the same. They increase oxygen levels in the workplace. Which in turn, decreases mental fatigue and increases concentration levels and overall productivity.

Creativity blossoms

A more stimulating workplace allows creativity to flourish. It can be nurtured through the inclusion of features like artwork, wall art and graphics, but also simple improvements like access to natural light can have a really positive impact.

Enhanced staff wellbeing

All of the above factors play their part in enhancing staff wellbeing, which can have a real tangible impact on the bottom line as staff absence decreases and staff productivity and output increases.

Greater staff retention

As wellbeing levels increases, so too does staff retention which is a key concern for many, if not all companies. Recruitment costs coupled with lost output as new staff members get trained can be substantial. Biophilic office design can help to engage and retain staff by providing them with a workplace where they enjoy working.


Designing office spaces to create inspiring & engaging environments while including biophilic elements will ensure that workers feel great. This is the future of the corporate office: a space that combines the cutting edge of office design with the staying power of biophilia. It’s truly a win-win. There are endless (& easy!) ways that you can integrate biophilia into your office design. It all just comes down to your choice of materials & the feeling that you want to evoke in your employees.

Contact us today to talk about the possibilities!


Architect vs. office designer: what’s the difference?

Interior designer. Architect. Draftsperson. Decorator. With so many different options when it comes to creating office interiors, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed from the outset. In this blog we’ll discuss the main differences between an architect and an office designer or fitout specialist (like the team at Formline Group).

The Office Designer/Fitout Specialist

Each company offering commercial interior design and fitouts will be slightly different, with varying levels of expertise and service offerings. It’s most likely though that a reputable team such as Formline Group will offer many years’ experience specifically working on commercial interiors. A great commercial designer will have exceptional research capabilities combined with the right experience to design and deliver the ideal workspace for your team.

Many will have skills and experience in:

  • Drafting plans and drawings through CAD or 3D design technology
  • Spatial assessment and planning
  • Furniture and fittings sourcing and fitout
  • Office space risk assessment
  • Design and decorative consultation
  • Relevant state and federal design regulations

The Architect

If you are hiring a licensed architect, they will be “board certified” which means they are legally able to complete work using the title of ‘architect’. Hmm what does this mean? To be board certified, an architect must have:

  • An architecture university degree (usually 5 – 6 years of study)
  • A minimum level of practical work experience (2 years)
  • Successful completion and passing of architecture exams

For their registration to be renewed annually, an architect has to also make a formal declaration that they are fit to practice, and are furthering their professional development with required number of hours of study and learning.

Architects study for many years to be able to practice their trade. There are a number of reasons for this, particularly for when it comes to the diverse architectural work that is available and the skills required for some of these projects. But at Formline Group, we encourage you to consider the alternative – an office designer/fitout specialist with commercial interiors experience. This choice can truly determine the success of your office project.


So why hire an office designer/fitout specialist instead of an architect?


At Formline Group, one thing is for certain: we specialise in commercial designs and fitouts only. That means we’re highly experienced in an important niche and now how to deliver successful fitouts that truly meet your design needs. We’ve delivered countless office interiors projects across NSW and beyond— on time, on budget, and to the highest of design and regulatory standards.


Our team is focused above all on the happiness of our clients. We don’t come into any project with a defined vision until we have a complete grasp of your needs and design preferences. We’ll then strategise, design and put forth our professional recommendations, working with your team to come to a mutual plan that works for you.


Our clients often make note of how friendly and accessible we are at Formline Group. We won’t charge an extra “consultation fee” every time we speak on the phone. We’ll never call a job finished until you and your team are completely satisfied with the results. For us, the work we do in commercial interiors is all about you and your company.


Architectural costs are complex and the fact is that architects demand some hefty fees. Whether or not the cost of architectural fees is justified for your project is a judgment only you can make. We can assure you that at Formline Group, budget and fees are discussed transparently and clearly throughout the entire process so that there are no surprises.

Thinking an office fitout specialist is the right choice for you? Reach out to our team at Formline Group HERE for a chat!

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Periodic Table of Office Design

Natural light, acoustics, air-conditioning, ergonomic furniture – getting these fundamentals of a workplace right is essential to successful design.

Smart companies understand that workplaces are a business tool. An office environment reflects and reinforces a business’s core values, through the placement of different teams, functions and design elements that reflect brand, culture and ideals. We love this Periodic Table created by K2 Space.

Here’s some questions that may help to discuss with the team when going through the design phase.

  • Who are our employees, and who will they be in the next 5 years?
  • Who else uses our space (visitors, clients, community members, etc.), and why?
  • How do we want clients, prospective hires, or other visitors to perceive us when they enter our space?
  • To what extent do we value flexibility and choice over how work gets done?
  • What current workplace behaviours would we like to change?
  • What are the most satisfying attributes of the existing workplace that sustain productivity?
  • If people aren’t regularly coming to the office, do we understand why not?

How we work has evolved alongside technology and so too has office design with the modern workplace offering a more flexible way of working. Putting the right foundations in place and then building on that is critical to designing a space that truly works.

Click through to K2’s website here to read an overview of each of their elements with links to more in-depth content.

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How Lighting Affects Productivity

Feelings of health and well-being can change with just the flick of a switch. Different lighting types and temperatures can evoke feelings of alertness. In contrast, if chosen poorly, lethargy.

Whether you’re refreshing your interior design or completing a whole new fitout, it’s important to understand what lighting is best for different areas.

There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution to lighting in the workplace.

According to HOK Lighting Director Tom Kaczkowski, lighting design “depends on the atmosphere that we are trying to create within the work environment.”

We work closely with our clients to specify lighting systems that add visual impact and align with their overall workplace design, while also boosting the efficiency of their team so they can achieve their goals.

Here are a few of our fave picks.



LED lighting is the next best thing to natural sunlight. The long-lasting bulbs consume up to 90% less power than incandescent bulbs. They last up to 20 years without replacement. They also give you control over light levels, hue and distribution,ensuring your team get optimum light to maximise their productivity. LED lights are also a safer option, as they generate almost no heat and aren’t hot to the touch.

Recessed ceiling

This lighting style is a popular choice in offices, thanks to its flexibility, reliability and energy efficiency. You can choose from downlights, troffer lights, or a combination of both. With their trough-like shape and downward-facing placement, troffer lights allow light to be distributed evenly over large areas. Downlights are more flexible in arrangement. Either way, the variety of trims and lamp options make them ideal for workplaces.

Feature pendant

Pendant lamps add intrigue to your interior design, with a gentle ambient light that suits professional firms, innovative start-ups and creative agencies – as well as collaboration zones in all types of business. There are a huge range to choose from, including timber, steel, wicker, concrete, glass, fabric, copper. For a retro touch, consider an exposed Edison bulb with visible filaments and a soft yellow glow.

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