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Pexa moves its 200 Melbourne staff into new futuristic office in Collins Square

  • Written by Jacob Webb

Growing startup PEXA merges its three small offices and 200 staff into new futuristic workplace

Online proptech startup, PEXA, has recently brought together its three separate offices and over 200 staff into a new futuristic workplace in Collins Square, Melbourne.

Designed by leading workplace design firm, Futurespace, PEXA’s new office brings the entire company together into one social, vibrant, and accessible environment, ready for the startup’s next phase of growth.

PEXA was ranked as the fifth fastest growing tech startup in the Deloitte 2016 Technology Fast 500, achieving an impressive revenue growth of 7116 per cent. Design Director at Futurespace, Gavin Harris said; “Before the move, PEXA’s 200 staff were spread between three different locations making collaboration, company culture, and creativity difficult to foster and thrive.”

“PEXA wanted to move into a space that would encourage staff to socialise and to create positive energy. We did this by designing the space around a central café zone which acts as the thoroughfare for both sides of the office, showcasing the vibrancy and creativity which is at the core of the PEXA brand,” said Mr Harris.

The design tactics implemented not only showcase the PEXA brand, but more importantly support the growing number of PEXA employees.

“To help support the employees, we brought in sit-stand desks, designed collaboration or scrum spaces, and created an office that facilitates people working away from their desks.”

“We also implemented a range of design tactics in the office to support employees, and to also showcase the culture of PEXA. These included bringing in natural materials like climbing green walls, creating exposed ceilings, lining the walls with timber, introducing texture and colour through flooring and soft furnishings,” added Mr Harris.  

The location of the new office in Collins Square also has a significant impact on the company and its employees.

“There is a new trend around companies moving into ‘places’ rather than just random buildings. Collins Square is a placemaking development which has a range of amenities available to staff and businesses like restaurants, cafes, services, function facilities, and shared services like meeting rooms, kitchens, ballrooms,” said Mr Harris.

After moving into the new office the culture at PEXA has been able to flourish.

Chief People and Culture Officer at PEXA, Rebecca Evans said; “So far the feedback from employees has been overwhelmingly positive. After moving in to the new space, new connections between staff have been made and collaboration is thriving.”

“Being in such a central location, with the entire Melbourne-based team under one roof is helping to create a stronger team for our growing business,” Ms Evans added.

PEXA also has offices in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.