Radek Lampa, David Hřebačka, Jan Malinovský, Gabriela Andresová, Matěj Barla, Luděk Černý, Michala Malánová, Klára Císařovská, Zuzana Urbancová, Vojta Hajný
Year of study/ realization: 2010/2010, 2012/2012, 2014/2014
Praha 5, Drtinova 10
Brno, Cyrilská 7
Ostrava, Sokolská třída 24
Where the knitting machines stood. Hub Brno.
Revitalization of industrial building and conversion into office space
If you have a space that is impressive, then it is important that its spirit is not trampled by subsequent suggestions. If its constructions and building elements are preserved, let them as a trace of time to the maximum. They create the historical value of the place. Anchoring.
Use of the production hall of the Research Institute of Knitting.
One of the other buildings in the series: Shared Workplace. This time it is a production hall of the knitting institute in the developing part of Brno. The building is two-storey, where separate cells for the development, production of Hub related industries are created on the ground floor. The main space of the Hub, thus shared workplaces, is located on the first floor, ie the main production hall, which is covered by huge trussed steel trusses on several reinforced concrete columns. The space is elevated, so we built it in the outer parts of the floor plan. This is where he became the center of openspace – the hub. And the tracts of hired offices and meeting rooms were created around the county. The space is designed so that from all workplaces, rooms, offices, everyone can still see the main hall where all life is going. The openspace center is different – a huge bar of hub. Since it is always a low-budget project, it was left to the original building at the same time, but at the same time we wanted the character of the industrial building to be imprinted in another building function. Therefore, some structures are left in their original state. So far, it is the largest Hub space.
How to transfer life from street to interior. Hub Ostrava.
Make an interesting office from an ordinary apartment house.
Sometimes there are tasks where you have nothing to get from, what to catch. All you have is ordinary, dozen, worse than a better apartment building. Uninteresting and boring. You have to create an interesting story, something to draw from. You have to create something, anything that will be unexpected at a given location, shocking what suddenly turns your perception of values. Here by creating a street in the house. You enter the house and you are on a busy street again. It’s called a wow effect.
The hub space in Ostrava is located in an ordinary corner apartment building with a semi-recessed low ground floor. Since HUB consists of several functions, the largest part of which is rentable, closed workplaces. We placed them in the upper floors. The problem is with the central space that creates the core or heart of the HUB to live, beat, activate. That is why we cut a large part of the ceiling between the ground floor and the floor, even at the cost of losing the area, and the resulting large space with its higher-than-wider ratios became the main court, the street where all life is or is intertwined. In this street is a cafe, bar, seating, tree, street lights. The point was to create a sort of space between the actual street and the individual workplaces. The whole house is going through the effort to humanize the interior of his personification of the ordinary. It is made up of several varieties assembled as if they were randomly created, creating the impression that they originated gradually – randomly, as life sometimes does …
It is a classic brick four-storey brick house with attic, corner. The house is located on a corner plot near the well-known Ostrava club Parník and universities. The exterior façade has been preserved, except for the demanding new entry and bricking of the original.
Shared space on the premises of the former First Republic printer. Hub Praha.
For the Hub to work well, the architect had to deny himself in designing the space, as well as this assignment. In the middle of Smíchov, in a small part of the industrial area, we wanted to create a world that would be completely different and for himself.
Already at the time of planning, I knew that the space must in no way resemble a workplace or an office. But the Hub in Prague is a place that offers space for work. It enables communication and learning of others. And not only that! Progress development. We wanted Hub to be full of energy and new impulses. We knew it must seem natural that it was not even designed by an architect – an inconspicuous interior that serves people without being alerted to themselves, without restriction. So stop design, stop architecture and distinctive artistic concepts. At the same time, we knew that no one but the architect could handle such a task.
The space is located on the second floor of reinforced concrete printing construction of reinforced concrete skeleton. The development of the space had several stages, as the number of users and their demands increased, with the basic tribal space being expanded to include a conference area, part of the next floor of shared workplaces, offices and meeting rooms. Imagine going to work where the main place is not your desk but the bar. Crossroads where people meet, where they go naturally and where they are targeted. All these routes must pass through the bar. The bar is a crossroads, a meeting place for meetings, discussions, whether formal or informal. The bar here is a dining table in the family house. The bar here is a dining table in the family house. Because Hub is supposed to look like your dwelling, not your workplace.