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AAA’s new home based in Midtown Manhattan features Australian-influenced warm design materials throughout.

American Australian Association

The American Australian Association (AAA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening ties between Australia and the U.S. Having outgrown its old office space, AAA looked to Woods Bagot to design their new home in Midtown Manhattan.


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Project details

Woods Bagot was asked to create a flexible office space the staff that could also transform into an engaging event space for the various social functions hosted by the AAA throughout the year. Providing an overlay of hospitality to an office space environment, the design included movable furniture and fittings that do double- duty—a custom movable island adapts from a work surface to a bar and flexible window touchdown work space becomes a countertop for food and drinks. To create volume suitable for events, the ceiling was left exposed with strategic frame-outs around the steel beams. The clean, gallery- like ceiling also becomes a backdrop for the rotating Arts Fund program.

Australia based Sculptform provided a bent wood slat installation in the Welcome Area that evokes the undulating and layered Australian topography while creating a cocoon-like feeling of warmth. Organic and sinuous inlays within the flooring further evoke Australia’s landscape which is set against the contrasting and expansive views of midtown Manhattan via floor-to-ceiling windows.

New York, New York
American Australian Association
9,450 sf
877 sqm
  • 2023 World Interior News (WIN) Awards – Corporate Offices (under 5000 sqm), Shortlist

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Sculptform produces feature wall, ceiling, and façade systems, naturally they manufactured the undulating timber ceiling. What visitors will experience in the city showroom is a physical connection to their work – something that can’t be found online. The feature lighting is by Rakumba Lighting , who will share the space in a creative partnership between the two businesses.

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