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Canva desired to stamp their Australian-ness into the tech start-up world. They engaged TRUE as their Construction Manager and 16 weeks later received the office space they had dreamt of.

Canva has become Australia`s most successful start-up through its innovative online platform of graphic design. With their head office based in Sydney, they now have over 10 million users in more than 190 countries. Canva required a new working space that could accommodate their continuously expanding team.

In the briefing, the Canva team shared their desire to differentiate from the typical American tech companies. “We didn`t want hoverboards and ping pong tables, we wanted to make a cultural impact and celebrate our Australian-ness”, said Chris Low, Head of Vibe. The team needed to remain in Surry Hills, an Australian suburb of tech start-ups.


Eating together at their communal dining table is one of the perks that Canva's 400 staff members enjoy daily. With their rapid expansion, one of the biggest challenges of this project was to incorporate an industrial kitchen that was able to cater for up to 800 people.

Luckily, we could count on Chris’ industry knowledge (he is also a talented chef). Chris shared his feedback and design ideas throughout the process, allowing us to deliver the best functional kitchen as a result.

“The project was incredibly challenging and TRUE`s expertise, system and processes were exactly what we needed. We don`t know how we would have got through the project without TRUE” – said Chris.

TRUE Solution

Canva’s diverse team of designers, developers, artists, marketers and advisors were consolidated from 2 locations to one only. TRUE along with, Emily from Sandstrom Architects & Infinity delivered a flexible workstation layout. Breakout spaces were purposefully installed so that different teams could meet casually and have an increased level of interaction.

As a thought leader in the tech field, Canva is now able to accommodate all sorts of events, from large Town Hall meetings to casual team celebrations – usually held on their generous-sized rooftop. Meetings with the global team take place in one of their closed meeting rooms thanks to the new integrated video conferencing facilities.

The excess of stimulation received at work is counterbalanced with neutral tones they opted in favour of primary bright colours. Wooden finishes in the bar and stylish cooper details help to create a relaxed cafe feel in social areas.

Canva is proud of the Australian culture, this has been shown through their choice of native flowers, names of meeting rooms and their revolving Art Gallery, which showcases the work of Indigenous communities.  


“The result is what we had hoped for a fantastic work space and home for the Canva team, delivered on time and to budget.” Chris Low

For TRUE it was both a big responsibility and an honour to work with such a talented team of young entrepreneurs. We are proud to have participated in the building of one of Australia’s Best Place to Work and look forward to seeing these guys achieve all their goals.   

Chris LowHead of Vibe


If you would like to get inspired by one of Australia’s most successful companies, TRUE can help you with that.