A former storage space for bar games is being transformed by the daughter and the granddaughter into a retail space. Since the total surface is too big, the space is divided into 3 units for co-working. The plan is conceived in a way that the building can function as a whole or as separate units.
One of the former garage doors becomes the new main entrance and gives access to a large ‘antechamber’. Much like an agora or a forum this space houses all the common functions: a communal kitchen, a dining room and a shared sanitary facility. It’s big enough to manoeuvre with a fork lift, to play ping-pong or organise a reception. The existing floor levels are preserved: a new slope ensures all the functions are easily accessible for people with a disability or the elevator is reached to transport goods to the cellar. The un-programmed space is the backbone of the project.
Four red oak doors mark the addresses of the units: a retail space and 3 office spaces. Aligned doors and interior windows ensure transparency and involvement. To give the units at the same time a sense of community and the necessary individuality the doors and windows are lined with cathedral glass.
The agora confirms its public character: surfaces are flinty and impact resistant. While the the offices and shop gain intimacy with wooden end-grain floors without forgetting the roughness of the former storage space. End grain floors were traditionally often placed in public spaces and even factories because of its durability and sound absorbing capacity. Because of these qualities the original exposed concrete ceilings and brick walls were kept in tact. The roughness of wall and ceiling is balanced with light poplar plywood furniture and colours (mint green skirting and Italian red doors).