The Social Reactor: How KOGAA Transformed a Factory into Their Own Creative Hub
Imagining what is possible with unused space in the
city is a key skill of the architect. KOGAA proved this by self-initiating an
adaptive re-use project which converted a neglected building into a vibrant
creative hub for the entire urban neighborhood – and it also serves as their built
business card bringing in new projects for their office.
AMBITION / PREPARATION
University classmates Alex, Tomas and Viktor decided to start their own practice, KOGAA in 2015. Starting lean, they began working from an apartment but had strong aspirations to create their own workspace. Disappointed by the commercial spaces available in Brno which were largely unaffordable and unadaptable for tenants, KOGAA went in a different direction. They began searching for available warehouses, garages and secondary service spaces that could be adaptively re-used for their office, and they considered each potential space based on four important criteria:
- CONSTRUCTION: is it easily convertible?
- MARKETING: would it be attractive to potential clients?
- LEGAL: can it be used as an office space?
- AMENITY: Is there a public space attached or nearby?
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