Architect Henri Cleinge has adapted the striking neo-classic interior of Montreal’s Royal Bank into an office for tech start-up Crew Collective and a café for freelancers. Photo: Adrien Williams
With the leading, international big-top trade event for workplace solutions – Orgatec – opening its doors next week in Cologne, this month's issue of the Architonic Newsletter looks at what happens when the burgeoning co-working industry decides to share a desk with thoughtful architecture and considered design.
Particularly interesting is how the demand for shared work facilities is such that client companies are commissioning architects to apply their creative thinking to the conversion of a range of old building types.
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Contents in brief:
Event Agenda November 2016
Sharing is Caring: new co-working spaces
Material Tendencies N°28: Benjamin Hubert
Further articles from the Architonic Magazine
Inspiring Search Results N°58: Task Chairs
Inspiring Spaces N°50: Administration Buildings
Architecture and Design Projects on Architonic
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With the co-working phenomenon globally showing no sign of abating, architecture and design has secured a valuable stake at the project table.
Montreal-based architect Henri Cleinge faced the dual challenge of delivering required functionality and of creating a convincing dialogue with the interior architecture of a heritage building when adapting the city's 1926 Royal Bank into a coworking space. Photo: Adrien Williams
Are you feeling a bit unloved? Needy? Hankering for some closeness? Maybe co-working is the answer for you. Just bring your laptop and your favourite mug.
Joking aside, the idea of freelancers, digital nomads and early-stage start-ups sharing a physical workspace has shifted in the past few years from a too-cool-for-school, tech-forward, hipster-led phenomenon to big business for high-net-worth companies offering inspiring communal work spaces in the right kind of places. What was once a trend is now common practice.
Tom Dixon/Design Research Studio’s Atrium co-working space in London's Camden sees his serially manufactured products installed alongside custom-made desks and lighting over four floors
The latest stats bear this out: with almost 8,000 co-working spaces worldwide at the start of 2016, the co-working industry is reported to have raised almost $1 billion last year in capital.
One of the key attractions of co-working is, of course, the notion that such spaces operate as platforms for the cross-fertilisation of ideas – the very lifeblood of the entrepreneurially minded. Essentially, it’s the principle of the hub. The more creative, free-thinking individuals you can get into a room, the greater the overall benefit in terms of knowledge-sharing and networking for everyone. Or, in other words: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Architonic caught up recently with Benjamin Hubert, who is particularly interested in material research, technology and innovation in both the physical and digital worlds.
Benjamin Hubert: If you were to ask me to pick one [material to work with], it would be no materials. It would be to design a system and a service which helps people in their lives and that doesn’t require hardware.
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Global Grad Show is an annual exhibition of groundbreaking student projects from design schools around the world. Launched in 2015 as a part of Dubai Design Week, the 2016 Global Grad Show is composed of 145 projects from 50 leading universities, selected by award-winning curator Brendan McGetrick. One of the highlights of the diverse designs is the focus on humanity. From a jacket that transforms into a sleeping bag, a system of inhabitable roofscapes designed for the Jerash refugee camp in Jordan to a set of geometric figures for the intravenous pole designed to change how child patients relates to medical treatment, students provide creative and practical solutions to modern day issues.