Hé there #004

Out exploring....

Out exploring....

Hé there,

The m has been bit by the travel bug lately, I’m out over here in Melbourne for a couple of weeks and I have been thinking a lot about the key component of our mixed co-working space – Collaboration.

What spurned this thinking was my need of coffee (as per usual) where I bumped into this wonderful example of small scale businesses working together to provide high quality goods and services in a way that benefitted each business. Market Lane provides the wonderful coffee – Baker D. Chirico lends a hand with the baked goods. Singularly these businesses are great, but together they’re a match made in heaven.

Baker D. Chirico on the left, Market Lane Coffee's serving window on the right (with great on street seating!)

Baker D. Chirico on the left, Market Lane Coffee's serving window on the right (with great on street seating!)

Currently based in Carlton - I noticed that there is a scale, density and population not unlike that based in Adelaide’s CBD. There are several well established and beautiful co-working options available within Carlton; surprisingly they all focus heavily upon technology and developer based services, with little provided for cross pollination  -but these are not what got me excited.

The startup market is further influenced by the involvement of the nearby University of Melbourne which provides a connection initiative - linking networks, students and organisations through a series of events, workshops and seminars through the Carlton Connect Initiative at Lab 14.

A range of anchor programs are directly tied into the Carlton Connect Initiative and include the following:

Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative:
Providing highly advanced computational infrastructure for a variety of research institutes aimed at fostering collaboration between research initiatives.
Creative Spaces:
 A program base on the City of Melbourne Arts Melbourne branch providing affordable spaces for creative industries.
The EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges:
Engaging development between Australian and European universities and institutions, focusing on climate, energy businesses and future industry.
Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP):
Encouraging student start-ups through seed funding, office space and mentoring.
Australian-German Climate and Energy College:
Providing opportunities for studying climate change, energy development, and energy transitions across the EU and Australia.
A research institute focusing on carbon dioxide capture and abatement schemes.
IBM Bluemix Garage:
Providing App integration and development services along with cloud based infrastructure.

Providing a university based testing ground for start-ups and business initiatives is a hugely beneficial and innovative opportunity for entrepreneurs to develop their ideas sooner and start testing them in the local market.

The benefits are two fold – the University develops and expands their existing networks of contacts and links with industries in local and international sectors, while further encouraging local entrepreneurs to develop new industries and jobs.

I feel that the inclusion of a university and the resources it could provide set the tone for a new way of developing alternatives for young developers, businesses and the future format of what we consider a ‘university’ to be. The Carlton Connect Initiative is the strongest example of a mixed collaborative environment I have found and it’s the ideas that come about through mixed developments like these which get me excited and proud to be involved in mâché.

That’s it for me, thanks for tuning in to the mâché crew - we will catch you next week!


Peter (Jac)

Hé there #001

Get it? 'hé' ?

(we are totally calling the blog 'hé' from now on)

What's my name?

You know, we were working away, banging things with hammers and drilling holes and one of us wondered out loud "How long's it been since we did an update on the blog?" which was a great question! (It has been 24 days, for those playing at home)
So I swapped the paint roller for my camera and took some pictures of the space as it is now. Alot has changed since you last perused the blog, let's get into it!

Iiiiisn't she looovely ♫

It's the little things that count, and I can count about ten little things that have changed, but we'll go with the biggest change first. After a successful installation by The Adelaide University Art History Club, Second Nature has been taken down in preparation for some future events. We'd like to thank everyone that contriubted and everyone else who came along and viewed the art. The Art History Club also hosted a few very succesful events over the period of their occupancy, including a movie night and a life drawing class, proving the concept that the space is what you make of it! If you have any enquiries and would like to see what you could possibly do with the space, either organise a tour or just send an enquiry to

Pleased to greet you!

Next is something I'm personally proud of. The reception area is now fully functional, so I'm not just using my laptop on the floor any more! I've moved in my old PC from home (Yes, I modded that Mac case to put a PC in it) and salvaged some legs from an office space. We converted a musty old principal's desk in to a nice and vibrant, and functional, reception desk. So if you want to drop by and say hi, come see me! You'll also notice that the giant gaping hole in the ceiling has been covered up, Dans put in some hours and brought his vision to life. I think it's turned out great.

EcoCaddy Office

EcoCaddy Office

Now, I thought I'd take the time to mention that EcoCaddy is sharing the space with mâché and occupies the office in the front of the building. The progress has come along nicely, and has a great little window seat for informal meetings and a whiteboard up the back for drawing cool pictures of pirate ships and maybe noting important things from time to time.

The exterior of the building has been neglected for quite some years, there was a build up of grossness and the paint was starting to fade and flake. We've been walking past it for quite some time now, and the weather being as tempermental as it is we haven't had the opportunity to have a crack at it, but the stars aligned recently and Dans gave the front a blast with a pressure washer. The building looks a tonne cleaner, and we've begun priming it ready for our signature purple to replace the 'red'. Daniels has also been hard at work with our branding, donating the EcoCaddy window to make a massive light box with the mâché logo front and centre. It's quite striking at night, if you ever get to roll past it, be sure to send us a pic!

So much neater!

Quick update from the last blog, the server shelves have been tidied and the main fileserver has been sorted and is ready to roll out. We've chosen to go with UnRAID as our fileserver platform as it allows us to run a hardware based VM or three if ever anyone needs to do anything speccy while they're working here. I've tidied up the equipment and cables, and labelled everything too. I know most of you won't really care about this stuff but I'm stoked, so there... Moving on!

Exciting times! The Artist Spaces are fully functional and available for tenancy. There's seven in total, and two are already taken by Ashton and Eileen. They've made their space their home and are creating some great work. As you can also see, the floors have been fully sanded and the window and skirting have all been accented by our favourite colour too.

Ooooh, moody.

We've put some hours in to the Recording Studio. The old manky desk has been rejuvenated and upcycled in to a nice piney slab. It's solid and stable and the guys from Sounds Out of Hours are ready to make full use of the setup. I thought it might be important to note that while the room isn't fully sound PROOF it is almost entirely sound dead. Great for recording all types of things and also quite eerie to stand in by yourself in silence when it's a quiet day... I wouldn't recommend it, so maybe come in and play some music!

As I mentioned earlier, The Adelaide University Art History Club has moved their stuff out, so I thought I'd take a few pictures of the finished space to show it off and maybe inspire some of you to want to fill the space up with your cool ideas. If you're thinking to yourself "Man, there's not a lot of desk spaces there..." you'd be correct. This isn't by coincidence. Everything we're doing here at mâché is made to be scalable. From our Internet and network all the way to the available seating, we can keep adding to everything we've already made in order to meet the requirements of the space. This allows us to roll out everything at the pace the space grows and also minimise until such time that it's necessary to expand. Or, long story short, we do what we want, when we want, 'cause our lives are cool and we do cool stuff.

Lastly, I'd like to leave you with a gallery of pictures we've collected between the last blog and now. There's been ALOT going on that it's kinda hard to both be doing those things and write about them at the same time so instead enjoy all the pics!

I'd like to mention that our last livestream was a success and thank everyone for tuning in. We'll be doing more stuff like that in the future so keep your looks on our books at this link.

And so concludes this blog! Moving forward we'll be naming the blog hé, as in Hey! Next time we say hé we'll be focusing on our members and the happenings of the place, so stay tuned!


Preparing for launch!

Coworking Star Wars Kim Kardashian.

Okay now we've got the SEO out of the way here's an update of our progress so far!

Our main workspace/event space under construction. Light wells installed in the ceiling.

It's been a busy few weeks and we've still got busy weeks ahead, but as the launch date looms ever closer we've made significant progress with priority spaces such as toilets and the main event space. 
Through careful negotiation we were able to secure over 100 square metres of floorboards on the cheap (thanks, Gumtree!) and a tonne of underlay from our mate Tony.

The hole in the wall which became the bigger hole in the wall.

The hole in the wall which became the bigger hole in the wall.

One of the first things we tackled was thoroughfare. Namely, moving between the main space and the kitchen. There was this less than attractive hole in the wall to pass plates and stuff through, however it was extremely dangerous and we had to deal with it
The result? Well see for yourself!


Dangerous hole out, beautiful doorway in!

As far as the stuff you can't see, a lot has been done. Working with older buildings has its own challenges so the dodgy wiring and plumbing and ducting was all fixed up.


It's amazing what a lick of paint can do, and this kitchen was no exception. It's been transformed from drab abattoir to Jamie Durie's dream canvas. Add to that a couple benches we've yet to mount and some stools and this place is going to be the perfect spot for a cuppa or even a cutla.

We've converted one of the bathrooms and added a shower. This means people can make their morning commute by bike and go through the day without that 'I live in the bottom of my shoes' smell! Washy washy!

Shower, or toilet!

Shower, or toilet!

Moving towards the front, we've made a tonne of progress. It may not look like much to those looking at it the first time, but it took HOURS to get the area to where it is now. The amount of cabling that needed to be moved, walls that needed to be painted, ceiling tiles that needed to cleaned and carpet that needed to be ripped up was ludicrous. Honestly, days have been lost here. So if we were to say we're proud of getting this far along with it, it'd be an understatement. Under the dank carpet and underlay was layers and layers of material and adhesive that had to be scraped off by hand before we can get to it with a floor sander. We'll be glad to see the end of it as much as we'll be glad to see people using its new beginnings.

First impressions last, so it's fitting we're dealing with this last too.

We've knocked out the doorway and the wall in order to bring more light to the artist area and to allow you to view the space all the way through as you walk in. We feel it's more open and welcoming than the old reception room that felt like a doctor's waiting area. Soon, we'll have a lovely piece of feature ceiling to cover up the current one and really tie the two areas together.

Recording studio.

There's not too much to say about the recording studio. We tore out the dank carpet and replaced the insulation and it's cleared out the smell. New carpet tiles and new equipment being retrofitted to the old desk will allow for a new generation of artists and freelancers to record their next big hit or their client's voice-overs in a sound dead space.

Shout out to my fellow nerds.

We'll quickly touch on Internet. We assume you know what it is because you're reading this post (Unless your friend has printed this out for you, in which case what a legend they are. Right?) We've partnered up with Uniti Wireless and have been able to achieve a 25 Down 10 Up connection, perfect for sharing those files with clients. A Ubiquiti backend will be making sure that there is maximum uptime and a couple servers on the network will allow us to share files over the intranet no matter the size. (Also how cool is that UFO looking WiFi Access Point??)

A workspace fit for a king.

Here's a little behind-the-scenes exclusive for you all. Our resident handyman and EcoCaddy's Head Mechanic has gained an extra 10 square metres of space for his very own workshop! Constructed partly by him and us, it will give him the space he needs to keep EcoCaddy running smooth!

Thanks for reading our little (big) update. It's been an amazing journey and we can't wait to share the space with everyone!

Bonus content:
That hideous hole in the wall being destroyed.