Interflow responds to the wasteful consumption crisis - partnering with online marketplaces to provide a middleman service and facility that stores and on-sells second hand goods. Currently in Australia, $10.5 billion dollars a year is spent on products that are never used. Interflow celebrates the re-selling and recycling culture by simplifying the process for both the buyers and sellers and constantly aims to adapt with the times through the inclusion of on site offices and TAFE.

Interflow’s overarching principle of education allows for constant change towards a more sustainable future, being embedded in its architecture, program and processes.


The form and internal organisation of the building is informed by the concept of recirculation and the idea of architecture as a flow. The overall form allows for the weaving and intertwining of different user groups while symbolically representing the idea of re-circulation. Items flow outwards like a wave through the automated storage facility, and to the buyer pick up zones on the ground floor. The first floor holds the offices and TAFE, with the structure acting as nodal points for different departments.

Interflow Animation

This animation displays the recirculation of otherwise unused items. Navigating through Dandenong South and its surrounds you come across the Interflow storage facility, head office and TAFE. The continuous curves guide the onseller to the designated bay where the automated process begins. Interflow celebrates the on-selling culture by simplifying the recycling process, with the inclusion of offices and TAFE onsite constantly aiming to adapt and improve processes.

The offices and TAFE foster collaboration and innovation to adapt to the ever-changing needs and demands of the company and experience of its users. Situated in their new home, these chairs have been given new life

Intertwining Programs

This section displays the internal programs and how they intertwine with the overall form. Responding to the problems of worker mistreatment and corporate ambiguity, Interflow's processes aim to be completely transparent. Interflows office departments are paired with TAFE departments where workers and students learn off one another, continually improving the waste crisis and contributing to individual development.

Structure Activation

Zooming in on one of the structural nodes you start to see how the interior spaces are activated. Focusing in on the top floor, half of the quadrants are dedicated to offices and the other half to the TAFE. Each space fosters learning and teaching from both the students and the workers to improve Interflow's processes, whilst also providing positive industry experience for students.

The ground floor depicts a typical on-seller bay, where items are automated to specific storage bays after drop-off. On-sellers are notified of the bay number and time of drop off and the automated storage facility takes care of the rest, from storage of the item to pick-up of the item from the new buyer.

Adaptive Solar Facade

The adaptive solar façade powers the automated facility and works towards a more sustainable future. As depicted within the diagram, each individual panel rotates with the sun to be able to capture as much energy as possible. The solar tracking of the individual panels allows for passive shading, allowing for self-regulating internal temperature, this not only allowing for increased thermal comfort for humans, but also allows shading for automated machinery on the ground floor at peak sunlight meaning they won’t overheat.

Sustainable Futures

This scene and the presentation as a whole aims to encapsulate Interflow’s message, by capturing a student desk it depicts how education can allow for new innovations to better improve company processes and start to unpack and respond to national and worldwide problems such as the prevailing waste crisis. Thanks for listening.
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