futurespace has collaborated with the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) and state-of-the-art technology provider Sony to create a dynamic new learning and training facility. AIM is one of Australia’s most established professional education providers; relocating to the heart of Circular Quay provided the opportunity to reposition AIM’s brand as market leaders. This environment sets a new benchmark in the education experience. AIM’s brief to futurespace was to create flexible, sophisticated and technology enabled spaces that offered a stimulating learning experience for their professional clients.
The design was underpinned by first creating and then facilitating the consumer’s interactive journey through the environment. The design was underpinned by creating and facilitating the consumer’s interactive journey through the technology defined spaces via the Learning, Working, Listening and Capturing zones; the “Great Wall” of touch TV’s offer an interactive learning experience by featuring AIM and Sony content. Training room tablets allow for specific user controls. Headphones and tablets in the members lounge offer quiet and focused listening and a prominent feature wall captures live twitter feeds further enhancing the interactive learning experience.
Maximising natural light and active views throughout, the environment offers a stimulating experience for learning. The new facilities feature acoustic training rooms, conference rooms and a “Knowledge Centre” including a retail bookshop. The centrally located dining zone boasting city views is a hub of activity, featuring large central tables facilitating collaboration and social interaction. The members’ facilities include an exclusive lounge, library and meeting spaces providing settings for both individual and collaborative work.
The materials palette features natural bamboo veneer throughout, rich and vibrant definitive colours, echo panel wall cladding and acoustic ceiling detail “fold-it” by Woven Image. The central stairs are illuminated by a backlit Barrisol ceiling light encouraging visitors to journey upstairs from reception to the main training facility. The aesthetic is designed to stimulate the senses and strengthen both AIM’s brand and culture. The member’s facilities feature rich, inviting colours and materials that reflect sophisticated executive zones. The entire space is punctuated by bold way finding graphics and equipped with Sony’s latest technology providing state-of-the-art facilities for the executive education sector.