Expansion and Modernisation, Co-Working and Event-Space, 2015 Design Concept Just like a second skin, the new interior design folds, blends and wraps itself into the new Impact Hub Berlin, and onto the existing building situated at Mehringplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg (designed by Werner Dittmann in the 1960s).
The design captures the spirit of, and the engagement towards social entrepreneurs that the Impact Hub Berlin GmbH lives and works for every day. The Impact Hub is a co-working space that supports, nurtures and fosters Social (impact) Start-Ups. The concept caters for a wide variety of spaces, such as dynamic work areas, focussed works areas, chill-out areas, more traditional offices, workshops, and event- and meeting rooms.
The design is marked by its juxtaposition between openness and singularity, communication and silence, dynamic work spaces and focussed work areas. The second skin seamlessly moves from one space to the next adding the necessary functions and options that the space needs. It is a subtle design that gives warmth and a positive atmosphere for the young dynamic start-up scene.
The sculptural wood interior design folds and wraps itself along the walls of the building in part as wall cladding, and in part as a functional element that becomes a kitchen element, a seating spot, a Skype box, a fixed table or a storage space. A wooden box on the northern most part of the office is like a house in a house that makes up the more classic functions of office space, meeting room and workshop. The open and light-flooded space is zoned by unobtrusive translucent sliding doors and a shed roof that make the space flexible and open to different kinds of events and functions.
The first building phase was completed in June 2015.
Participation An intensive participation processes, at all work stages, with the users of the Impact Hub served as the basis for our design concept: • Inclusion of Users in the planning process, by creating the “Design Brief”from the needs of the community. This brief then formed the guidelines of the design: • Presentation and feedback of the design concept. Workshop with Users. • Café “HalbeTreppe”, is a neighbourhood meeting and workshop with Mehringplatz occupants. • Feedback: What is missing? What are the next steps? • What does the neighbourhood need and what do we need from the neighbourhood?
Implementation Alongside the coordination of the executing trade companies, the participation process in the implementation phase was in the form of Community building days. These ‘Community building’ days, in the full sense of the term, were days where the community grew together and discovered new skills.
This project was implemented with great commitment from the executing trade companies, the users, the client and the architects. This exceptional collaboration made this project unique.
Who we are Founded at the beginning of 2015 by Kim le Roux and Margit Sichrovsky, LXSY works with partners from all disciplines, from artists to economists. As a dynamic start-up company located at the Impact Hub Berlin, we see our company as a social impact architecture office that focuses on integrative architecture and urban planning. The idea of inclusion, rather than the mere informing of people in the planning and building process, is at the forefront of our work, and is what makes our projects sustainable and unique.
What we do We focus on initiating, designing and moderating architectural projects that not only bring people together, but that also uncover potentials and opportunities that foster social- and ecological sustainability through neighbourhood integrity.
The nature and the scale of the project play a secondary role, whereas the effects on the environment, people and place are of utmost importance. We see our projects as catalysts for social change. We believe moving towards a sustainable neighbourhood means creating environments that grow and change according to the needs of the users.