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Inside the 330 Park Street Collective

Powered by a desire to create ‘the future city we deserve”, The 330 Park Street Collective is all about collaboration for the betterment of society.

In the trendy inner-city Melbourne suburb of North Carlton, the Collective, founded in 2015, has two interconnected wings that double as studio workspaces, design product showrooms and event spaces.

The West Wing, designed by Archier, doubles as a workspace for HIP V. HYPE and a showroom for Archier’s bespoke furniture and lighting.

330 Park Street Collective

330 Park Street Collective is located in North Carlton. Picture: Kristoffer Paulsen

The East Wing, conceived as a project between HIP V. HYPE and Inkster founder, Hugh Altschwager, doubles as a share space for creative types, as well as a showroom for Inkster’s bespoke South Australian limestone lighting pieces and other hand-crafted products.

Liam Wallis, founding director of HIP V. HYPE, explains how it all works.

“Collective members are united by a simple aim – to create better products, services and buildings for the future city we deserve. This shared aim enables Collective members to engage effectively and foster a culture of collaboration, learning and mutual success.”

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The space doubles as a showroom for Inkster’s bespoke South Australian limestone lighting pieces. Picture: Kristoffer Paulsen

With such a mission statement, it’s natural that collective members are from urban planning, product design, architecture, sustainable consultancy, landscape architecture and property development fields.

“The greatest challenge is attracting the right people,” Wallis says. “Our unique curatorial approach of members ensures a harmonious fit with the Collective’s values of open collaboration, design-led thinking and business growth.”

The 330 Park Street Collective has a functional layout, informal aesthetic and refined material palette that allows multiple uses of a single space, with 18 spaces available as full-time or flexi-desks.

There’s a kitchen, NBN, WiFi, bike racks and even an outside shower, along with printing, copying and a projector. Prices range from $25 a day to $125 a week.

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The outdoor shower in the backyard space. Picture: Kristoffer Paulsen

Collective members, whether regular or flexi, have the added benefit of tapping into a multi-disciplinary network of professionals and the monthly Collective Exchange event series.

With such an emphasis on sustainable futures, it’s not surprising that 330 Park Street Collective is driven by solar power, stored in its own on-site Tesla battery.

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330 Park Street Collective is driven by solar power, stored in its own on-site Tesla battery. Picture: Kristoffer Paulsen

The 330 Park Street Collective is about to be joined by a second space by HIP V. HYPE, this time in Brunswick.

The Barkly Street Collective, opening in early 2019, will also be home to a multi-disciplinary group of design-led professionals, with 26 co-working spaces.

Wallis says a core motivation for designing and building the Barkly Street Collective is to “bring highly-flexible, sustainable and urban workspaces to a suburb that is rapidly losing its stock of old warehouses and affordable spaces”.

The Brunswick space will also feature a meeting room, break-out space, meals zone and will boast premium sustainably-focussed VZUG Swiss appliances.

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