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Hachette Sydney

Thoughtspace is excited to be part of the redefining of Australian publishing with the recent re-think of the Hachette Australia’s Sydney office.

Hachette Australia is a leading Australian trade publishing house based in Sydney, and owned by Hachette Livre, one of the world’s largest publishers. With the dynamics of publishing changing rapidly, publishing houses are redefining their business models and their workplaces are evolving to suit a new way of working.

Thoughtspace worked with Hachette to design flexible spaces to accommodate large informal team meetings, small informal meetings and quiet contemplative tasks but which can also be transformed into a hospitable space for book launches and other events whenever required.

Our brief was to create a relaxed and informal collegiate feel for the new space which would be welcoming for staff, writers, editors and other visitors. We achieved this through the careful selections of furniture, and the generous use of light timbers and plywood with pops of accent colour in the carpets and fabrics.


For Ian Worthy, our CEO, two key features helped personalise the Hachette design.

The custom made READ sign greets visitors from the lift with a bold statement. The custom made signage lettering by Cooper Neon is stacked with colour matched Hachette publications for all to browse.

The booth seating creates intimate pockets of space for meetings. We added pendant lights that use pages from Hachette’s fiction titles to celebrate their books and add something to discover in the space.

Thoughtspace enjoyed working with Sense Projects who delivered the project on time and on budget and successfully managed the smooth transition of an active site. Congratulations to Kristian and the Sense team. The finished product successfully created a hybrid of the traditional workplace setting and activity based workplace, which reflects the new vigour and energy of the organisation.

Further details of the project can be seen here


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