On 2nd May 2022, we opened the doors on our brand new office at number 8 Brown Street, East Perth. Located by the Derbarl Yerrigan (Swan River) in Boorloo on Whadjuk Noongar Country.
Transformed from an old bottle factory, into a thriving hub of activity and interaction, our new space welcomes their people, clients and the broader industry to come together in an ‘open house’ spirit as an antidote to the disconnection felt post-pandemic.
Nestled in a tranquil corner by the river, our new home is an impressive, purpose-built, creative space. With special emphasis on collaborative spaces and social interactions – it’s a space that feeds a culture of community, providing a world-class yet proudly local environment.
Inspired by experiences around the world, our founder Amy Sutton came home with a vision — to create a place where people can thrive, where work doesn’t feel like work.
We wanted to create a space where people can do the best work of their lives. Where they can be deeply connected to the difference they are making. In an increasingly disconnected work world, this new space is a place to find connection with each other, to chat and share, and spark new ideas. Over a beer, a coffee or invariably, many, many post-it notes.
— Amy Sutton
Work to live — not the other way around
Anthologie was founded on the idea of shaping a better world, a philosophy that underpins everything we do. As we settle in, we’re taking the time to shape a genuinely better workplace and culture, one designed to let life and work flow.
The office features fully equipped meeting rooms and purpose-built spaces to overcome the limitations of our previous workspace. This includes a dedicated workshop, a quiet room, and a “zoom room” designed to cater to the diverse needs of our team. The mezzanine and bleachers are versatile and highly hospitable features for casual catchups, social gatherings, community events, industry nights, and more.
Shaping a sustainable workplace
While we’re contributing to our clients’ sustainability efforts, we’re working on getting greener ourselves, having achieved a beyond net-zero workplace in 2021.
We have installed solar, so our day-to-day energy is sourced from the good old sun, with any surplus going back into the WA grid. Even with a mix of “ordinary” and sustainability-focused tech infrastructure, this office move supports Anthologie as a beyond net-zero workplace and aligns with our commitment as a certified B Corp.
According to RMIT, Australia’s building and construction industry sent more than 6.7 megatonnes of waste — generated from both construction and demolition — into landfills across the country. In the absence of a new purpose, a building like ours may well have been included in more recent statistics. Reusing any building after the end of its usable life brings the double whammy of saving on waste from new construction and from disposing of old materials.
Foolscap Studio is an independent cross-disciplinary design practice, centred around built environment and interior architecture at all scales. They believe everyone should have access to good design, and aim to create spaces that go beyond form and materials, influencing all elements to forge strong connections between people and their built environment. Sustainability is a huge part of Foolscap’s ethos, championed by director Adele Winteridge (MSusDev, Greenstar Accredited Professional).
Build: Assemble Building Co.
Assemble Building Co. is a Western Australian building and construction company bringing a strong emphasis on design and detail. They pride themselves on creative and human-centric build solutions delivered on time and to the highest quality.
With special thanks to: Adele, Emily and Cassie at Foolscap; Luke, Micky and Andy at Assemble Building Co.; Dave at Entire IT; Aaron, Shane and the team at Fosters Electrical; Helmut at TESG Engineering; Josh at Lalli Engineering; Dan at Morgan Environmental; Shane at Kintore Air; Chris and Boyd at Australis Solar; and Jeff at the City of Perth.
Artwork courtesy of Jordy Hewitt. Photography by Jack Lovel and event photography by Rift Photography.