In the daily struggle for implementation of sustainable actions in the field of architectural practices, one of the ways to contribute to the reduction of the construction industry pollution is certainly the reuse of objects whose original purpose has been terminated. Finding ways to recuperate and revitalize abandoned structures built to satisfy the needs that no longer exist is a form of recycling and reusing the material, in this case – architectural space, through new life cycles.
WÜRTH Serbia Training & Test Center in Belgrade is constructed inside a former 540 m² warehouse and it consists of two main spaces divided by a large translucent polycarbonate wall. The first of the two spaces contains a large steel mesh cage used as a demo center for CNC plasma and laser cutting machines and a testing room for products from the company's wide assortment. The translucent wall with a 30 m long built-in shelf closes a 270 m2 multi-purpose training space that can easily be transformed to serve any programmatic purpose. By a simple dividing panels rearrangement, it can become anything from series of individual classrooms or offices to conference space, exhibition gallery, or a party venue.
A carefully selected palette of materials with a wide range of characteristics is providing all the necessary conditions for the emergence of ephemeral ambiances that are arising as the outcome of the interaction between light and different spatial elements, mainly through the processes of reflecting and refracting.