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As it seemed to be an art-themed-kinda day, I was drawn to a new concept at Collins Place I noticed on my way in, called the Drawing Room. At first, I thought it had something to do with art. But no, instead it is a luxuriously fitted out timeout/co-working space that anyone can use.
It is a place where you can take a few minutes out during your busy day to check emails, read a book, the latest magazine or pour over the day's paper. Or simply get some work done. It is billed as a communal working space, except it is the kind that anyone can use without having to be a member.
Tucked in at the back are cubicles with desks and powerpoints where you can open your laptop and work. There is free wifi. In the main section are large tables that you can sit around individually or as part of a small group.
When I was there a group of four women were creating small promotional bags. I felt like they had left an office somewhere for this more conducive environment. Or perhaps they work from home normally and wanted a communal place where they could all meet up.
Private cubicles to work in if you really want some peace
Then there were all these beautiful club chairs where you could simply sit and read. There was a fantastic array of the latest release books on the shelf. A great way to find out if a book is worth reading. Read the first chapter and then go and buy it elsewhere.
But there was also an exchange library like The Little Library at Melbourne Central where there is also a free book exchange. Although I thought the books here were in much better condition and more recent releases.
There was a range of magazines to flick through and copies of The Australian , The Age and The Financial Review.
Everything here is beautiful and classy. The concept looks quite Art Deco. The lamps, the upholstered chairs, the carpet, the decorations are all stunning. After all, you are in the Paris end of Collins Street.
And Collins Place comprises the iconic office towers and is complemented by a unique complex that includes the classy Sofitel Melbourne, professional suites and a buzzing retail plaza housing Kino Cinemas and dining and fashion stores.
It would be the perfect place to go inside out of the cold and relax or spend some time before going to the Kino Cinema which is just downstairs.
Apparently, The Drawing Room will be open until 12 October 2018. So I assume it is a large vacant shop they are have redecorated but it will be up for lease at that time.
So get in while you can. Melbourne needs more of these enjoyable workspaces where you can beaver away or simply relax. So good move Collins Place and could you please open another one if you really have to close this conducive space in October.
But for now the Drawing Room is open daily from 08:00 am - 06:00 pm.
You can't bring food in here although you can bring drinks. But this is a photo of the amazing New Yorker lunch I had at Sofitel which is just upstairs. Or 35 floors to be precise.
Hi. The Collins Place centre management number is 9655 3600 (not 95553600, as is on their website info for The Drawing Room, and above).
I discovered this when i called (the number in article) to find out where the Drawing Room is located, as Collins Place being a 3 level large atrium type centre (& i rarely enter via the main entrance), it could take me a bit to find.
Anyway, it's apparently just a few metres from the main Collins St entrance...