Koskela moors its headquarters at a former submarine base


Sustainable lifestyle brand Koskela will launch its new concept space and branded quarters later this week at the redeveloped area of ​​Sub Base Platypus, a former submarine base in North Sydney.

The space will see the best of Australian furniture design showcased throughout, and will also host exhibitions from a number of First Nations artists from around the country.

“We are excited to open this curated space to provide a new experience for our customers. The role of the store has changed since COVID and we believe our new location reflects the type of experience customers are looking for,” says Sasha Titchkosky, co-founder of Koskela.

“We want to connect and create memories with our visitors, bringing real connection and meaning to the pieces they own…hoping to make them heirlooms to cherish and hold on to as a piece of Australian history. At a time of peak growth for the brand, we believe the destination store will only strengthen our relationships and further diversify the brand’s reach. »

The 500m² split-level store is made of Australian solid timber and Sydney sandstone, two key features of the site and the region. Koskela has also collaborated with three-time Archibald Prize finalist and Koori artist Blak Douglas on a permanent installation that will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Sub Base Platypus lived its life as a torpedo factory, submarine base, and gas plant before being redesigned for Koskela by ASPECT Studio and lahznimmo architects. Their work saw the two practices win the 2021 Walter Burley Griffin Prize for Urban Design, and is one of Sydney’s newest centers for leisure and community work, featuring a scenic waterfront promenade with views of iconic Sydney Harbour, a shaded BBQ area with seating, and a pocket play area.

Harbor Trust executive director Janet Carding says the union of Koskela and Sub Base Platypus is harmonious.

“Koskela’s reputation for ethical and sustainable design and its commitment to supporting First Nations creators made it a natural choice for the Harbor Trust. Sub Base Platypus is growing into a vibrant community, and this latest collaboration will help breathe new life into this former sea base in an innovative and commercially sensible way.

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Platypus Subbase operated as a submarine base from 1967 until it was closed by the Royal Australian Navy in 1999. In 2005 the Federal Government handed over the site to the Harbor Trust, leading to the development of the Platypus renewal.

“Looking for a new space, we focused on finding a place that captured the essence of Sydney and naturally the harbor was always front and center. We are delighted to have found a new home in this remarkable location – steeped in history and with beautiful waterfront views. Even the HMAS Platypus motto ‘Nothing too difficult’ seems appropriate for our new home,” says Titchkosky.

The operations move comes at an opportune time for Koskela, which recently renewed its ambition, purpose and promise with branding agency Frost*collective. Koskela Sub Base Platypus will open on Saturday, March 19 and will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit koskela.com.au.

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