There are countless amounts of deserted structures not only in major metropolitan cities around the United States but throughout the entire world. And with so many creatives and designers looking to create functional living and workspaces, there are so many semi-blank canvases to choose from. Fortunately, it looks like Czech Republic-based architectural firm, KOGAA, has provided other creators with a muse coming in the form of a 19th century abandoned distillery turned into an open, freeform co-working space with the ability and floor space available to host a plethora of different types of events.
The Distillery by KOGAA was originally ran by a Jewish family in the late 19th century, left in ruins, and was set to be demolished prior to the firm acquiring the property from the city of Brno. Now, the location has become a slowly expanding, multipurpose space, symbol, and an example of how urban development programs can curate economically sound businesses and spaces using the materials located right in their own neighborhoods.
As for The Distillery, the design utilizes a combination of raw textures and elements alongside contemporary-style office supplies and chattels. Unfinished walls, exposed brick, aged ceiling beams, and corrugated polycarbonate plastic all are utilized to create private offices and a stylish work environment for modern-day artisans.
The ceiling between the second and third floors were knocked out creating a mezzanine-esque balcony on the upper floor allowing the double-height space to be used as an area for presentations, lectures, workshops, or whatever use necessary for guests to gather. The original elevator cabin shaft was repurposed into a bar where outside visitors and workspace sharers can enjoy a beverage in the spacious back patio area.
The choice of color palettes found throughout the structure compliments the construction of the building without becoming too jarring to the natural aesthetic of the space. The pastel pink oblong-shaped tables, subtle lighting, exposed timber, suspended balcony in combination with the original soft khaki, earth-tone tiles make for an admirably comforting work environment.
The only pitfalls concerning this creative space is the lack of protective railing and safety precautions taken with this particular design. This is an edifice constructed for highly aware, able-bodied patrons and built with a lack of practicality for the elderly and adolescents.
With that said, these are the types of architectural projects that need to make their way to decaying housing and business structures in cities like Detroit MI, St. Louis MO, Atlantic City NJ, Miami FL, and Cleveland OH. There are tons of more than affordable pieces of property that can be converted into thriving businesses or living spaces while maintaining a minimalistic chic aesthetic at a cheap price.
These types of real estate and creative projects can single-handedly slow down the infiltrating gentrification planners that are forcing citizens out of the neighborhoods they’ve created cultures we admire in. The complications of carrying out a plan of this magnitude are nowhere near impossible and finding the resources necessary to curate luxe dream spaces like this one can be executed if we choose to make the choice of following through. Hopefully, as a culture, we don’t wait until its too late.
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