ArmazemCowork

ArmazemCowork

Architect
oitoo
Location
Porto, Portugal | View Map
Project Year
2019
Category
Offices
Ricardo Loureiro

ArmazemCowork

oitoo as Architects

An old warehouse in Porto which was vacant for 44 years, with an anonymous ground floor underneath a residential multi-storey building, in a neighbourhood slowly abandoned by commerce and businesses in the last decades.

 

oitoo brought it back to life as armazemcowork. This project is a reflection on the hidden qualities of often unused ground floor spaces and showcases the design methodology potentiality as a catalyst of reactivation.

 

The project hopes to demonstrate the underlying qualities and opportunities of unused ground floors and remake the collective opinion of these spaces often tainted by a poor public perception as unsafe and unfit for inhabiting or working. If these spaces remain unoccupied, street life will continue to be absent. Walking on a sidewalk amidst neglected, empty stores is a harrowing experience, and emptiness breeds poor use of public space, resulting in disquieting, seedy streets.

 

The change of use from former warehouse to co-working office will hopefully contribute to the reactivation of the street level as a lively space. A buffer space mediates street and working areas and acts as a display for businesses inside; in the back, a surprising garden allows for perfect outdoor work or leisure moments.

 

Material Used:

1. Windows - Saint Gobain Glazing

2. Insulation and Skirtings - AmorimCortiças

3. Furniture -IKEA

4. Curtains and Shutters-Isea Italy

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Insulation and SkirtingsAmorim Wise
FurnitureIKEA
Curtains and ShuttersIseaItaly
ManufacturersSaint-Gobain Glass HQ
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