A former Czech distillery is transformed into a vibrant co-working space

July 31, 2018 by  
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Czech architecture practice KOGAA Studio has transformed a former distillery into the Social Reactor, a new co-working space in the heart of Brno, Czech Republic. The redesign preserves the 19th-century building’s post-industrial charms while inserting a bright and modern aesthetic. The formerly vacant building now serves as an active gathering space with the power to regenerate a post-industrial area. Completed this year, the four-story property was originally part of a distillate factory founded by a Jewish family more than 200 years ago. The adaptive reuse project is accessed via an arched entryway that connects the street to a spacious outdoor entertaining space. This area, called The Yard, is complete with a pop-up bar integrated into a historic elevator — the cabin has been repurposed into a prep area, and the elevator shaft serves as the installation duct — and casual seating. The Yard also connects to a variety of indoor areas that include co-working spaces , offices, a dining area and a multipurpose events space. An upper floor houses a studio and workshop. “One of the latest and most impactive structural interventions was carried out at the second and third level of the building, where the central beam system was removed to create a double height hall and two balconies facing the central space,” the architects explained in a project statement. “The former is meant for presentations, lectures and workshops , while the upper balconies are dedicated to designers’ ateliers and offices. The new program is distributed across all three levels of the building, and the multiple functions are spread out across different spaces, creating a dynamic and challenging working environment.” Related: A former leather tannery is transformed into an apartment trio in Lisbon One of the most recent additions is a two-story timber volume — built from recycled materials and clad in polycarbonate and corrugated plastic — that houses a shared meeting room, kitchenette, library and extra co-working spaces. + KOGAA Studio Via ArchDaily Images © BoysPlayNice

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Sebastian Maluska’s pop-up rooftop tent converts any car into a camper

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As a student of the renowned art and design univeristy ECAL, designer Sebastian Maluska has come up with some seriously innovative designs, and his latest creation is no exception. Geared towards the adventurous spirit in us all, The Nest is a simple, pop-up rooftop tent – made out of nothing more than aluminum and fabric – that turns any vehicle into a home in mere seconds. Maluska designed The Nest tent’s shape and size to provide a compact shelter for on-the-go adventurers that takes up minimal space on top of a car’s roof. According to Maluska, his inspiration for the concept came from the sailing world – specifically, using lightweight but durable materials that don’t create resistance against the vessel. Related: The Tamarack Constellation Rooftop Tent Boasts an ‘Emergency Unisex Urinal’ The tent consists of two lightweight aluminum frames covered in a waterproof sailing fabric with two side windows. The tent’s fabric was key in creating a sturdy protective cover, but was also incorporated as a structural element. Rope is used to connect the fabric to the frame and the car’s rooftop, creating a more comfortable sleeping experience. When closed, the upper frame of The Nest overlaps the lower frame, which creates an aerodynamic angle that doesn’t drag down the car. Pulling on a pin at the front of the tent opens the frame automatically thanks to a simple gas spring. The tent’s ladder, which is stored in a fabric pocket underneath the sleeping surface, can be pulled out and hooked on both sides in a matter of minutes. Once opened, the tent provides plenty of space for two people to sleep comfortably. Two side windows open up the interior space, and there is ample room to sit up while still being protected by the tent’s roof. As an additional bonus, sleeping bags can be stored inside when the tent is closed. According to Maluska, The Nest design’s was inspired by the need to create a more affordable and simpler way to sleep while on the road, “I spend a lot of time outside doing sport[s] like skiing and surfing,” said Maluska. “It is always nice to be the first on the mountain or the first in the water. Therefore I have to sleep right at the spot.” + Sebastian Maluska Via Dezeen Images via Sebastian Maluska

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Crumpled paper transformed a gallery space into a grotto-like Yorunoma bar in Japan

December 22, 2014 by  
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Modular Pop-Up Bar in Sydney Can Be Flat Packed Away

October 21, 2010 by  
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