2017 Sydney Design Awards

spaces, objects, visual, graphic, digital & experience design, design champion, best studio & best start-up, plus over 40 specialist categories

accelerate transformation, celebrate courage, growing demand for design

Image Credit : Tyrone Branigan


Project Overview

Australia’s multiplatform property company, Domain, commissioned Siren Design to design a unique yet professional space. Domain specifically did not want 'another office fitout' but instead a “home away from home” Though a concept of ‘home’ as the driving force, the result is complete cohesion to the multistorey open plan workspace.

Project Commissioner


Project Creator

Siren Design


Siren Design: Mia Feasey, Chloe Gal, Caitlin Mills-Sheehy, Rebecca Schieler, Peta Heys, Charlotte Levi, Maggie Chan, Venesa Buljubasic, Jamie Chen, Smriti Dhungel, Heidi Showan,
Builder: Shape
Project Manager: Shape

Project Brief

Siren design was appointed by Domain Sydney to reinvent the former woolshed into an office space where people would be excited to work. Everything was designed to not only meet an aesthetic vision, but also with a practical and functional design solution for Domain’s rapid growth and progressive nature. The space has an alluring backdrop of dark, aged timber columns, high exposed truss ceiling and polished concrete flooring. This creates a bold contrast with the new modern elements including black structural features throughout, custom furniture, splashes of vibrant textiles and bespoke plywood joinery.

Project Innovation/Need

Domain needed a sense of home for this space, so in response, Siren introduced a residential feel in a commercial fitout. This was achieved with the use of timber moulding details, panelling on doors and walls, curtains to meeting window fronts and lush soft furnishings to reflect the feel of a residential dwelling. The overall space is a testament to considered design, but also a company dedication to a healthy culture, conducive to both work and play. It was important that the space was to be utilised out of working hours for their wellness functions, evening events and large training sessions. The culture is apparent throughout, especially from the cafe-bar located on ground level with bespoke finishes and centrepiece sculptural pendants. Ground Floor is divided up into a variety of working zones including a wellness centre, zen space, flexible training room, café/bar area, multiple collaboration areas and of course the heart of the building; the grand, lofty atrium . The incredibly high ceilings and open floor plan allowed Siren to develop the idea of ‘space within a space’, designing integrated yet clearly defined areas with the use of overhead structures, enclosed banquette seatings, metal framework and suspended statement light features.

Design Challenge

The heritage elements to this space created challenges to the Siren team as it demanded respect and careful design consideration to ensure the heart of the space was not lost. Siren has creatively integrated and embraced this element of the space into the concept of the design features, which ultimately means these timeless pieces shine amongst the bespoke finishes, joinery and furniture.


The original exposed timber sawtooth ceiling and new central atrium allow a flood of natural light that the design compliments so well. As the space is heritage listed, there needed to be careful consideration into how these elements, such as the aged timber columns, could be integrated into the design.

This award celebrates innovative and creative building interiors, with consideration given to space creation and planning, furnishings, finishes, aesthetic presentation and functionality. Consideration also given to space allocation, traffic flow, building services, lighting, fixtures, flooring, colours, furnishings and surface finishes.
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