Desvio, creative work space
João Matos
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Led light tubesPhilips Lighting Signify
ChairsIKEA
Electrical HardwareCaiado
Wood HardwareEdimel
Structural wood and flooring (pine wood)Sopromad

Product Spec Sheet
Led light tubes
Chairs
by IKEA
Electrical Hardware
by Caiado
Wood Hardware
by Edimel
Structural wood and flooring (pine wood)

Desvio, creative work space

João Gonçalo Lopes as Architects

The initial brief was to convert an old car workshop with 167sqm, into a collective work and event space for art related professionals. The work involved conception, coordination and construction of the interior elements like wood structures, furniture and lighting. 

photo_credit João Matos
João Matos
photo_credit Inês Costa Monteiro
Inês Costa Monteiro

With big openable entrance gates, the space had the potential to become part of the street while bringing the street life in. The project layout is based on a set of different courtyards, with different characters, around which the working pods are organized. This layout was made thinking of the gradations from public to private and the different events that can happen in each place. It also aims to explore the full volume of the space by adding a new level while keeping the openness and the flow of the overall space.

photo_credit Inês Costa Monteiro
Inês Costa Monteiro
photo_credit Inês Costa Monteiro
Inês Costa Monteiro

From the beginning the project aimed to introduce old materials and explore possibilities of reuse. After schematic design we set up to collect and inventory of old parts from demolitions that were then used to shape and hack the basic spatial scheme. Together with the potted plants the material pallet generates a sense of an exterior environment as if extending from the street, where the pods become the small interior universes within this "outdoor" space like in a small neighbourhood. 

photo_credit Inês Costa Monteiro
Inês Costa Monteiro

We saw the working pods as open structures to be contaminated by their occupants. According to the different personal character of each occupier and different moments, the pods would be able to be more or less open. This generates very diverse and dynamic gradations of permeability within the same frame.

photo_credit Inês Costa Monteiro
Inês Costa Monteiro
photo_credit Inês Costa Monteiro
Inês Costa Monteiro

Through the experience of building it ourselves we were able to tune each element to its final position, allowing us to think closer to the body scale. It became a very close and attentive process where each material and detail could be brought to its full potential. This attention to the combination of materials allowed us to create different ambients and microcosmos for each working area within the overall space.

photo_credit João Gonçalo Lopes
João Gonçalo Lopes
Caption

Materials Used:
1. Structural wood and flooring (pine wood) - Sopromad, sociedade produtora de madeiras Lda
2. Electrical Hardware - Caiado, Distribuidor de material eléctrico, S.A.
3. Led light tubes - Philips
4. Wood Hardware - Edimel, materiais para edificação, Lda 
5. 5 of the existing chairs - IKEA

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