Sinèrgics co-working spaces in Barcelona showcase

A hammock suspended in midair and tables with integrated storage systems are some of the space-saving details that Colombo and Serboli Architecture have added inside this series of low-budget community co-working spaces in Barcelona.

Colombo and Serboli Architecture, also known as CaSA, was asked to transform five unused commercial properties in Baró de Viver, an area of the Spanish city with a high rate of unemployment. The aim was to create workspaces for local entrepreneurs.

The budget was very tight, so the architects developed a series of versatile furniture designs able to suit various activities

"We had to translate the laudable target of the initiative into space, transforming five never-used, neglected, bricked and empty premises on the ground floor of social-housing blocks into attractive, vibrant workspaces where small companies would want to set up their offices," said the team.

"The project had to make the most of the spaces, give visibility of the co-working to the neighbourhood, communicate openness, and keep content safe in an area with security problems."

Two of the five spaces are positioned next to one another, so were joined together. This created enough extra space to provide a kitchen, but not enough for a lounge space – so CaSA instead decided to make one that was raised up in the air.

They built a simple steel frame and wrapped netting over it, creating an elevated hammock. It is accessed via a simple staircase, made by folding up a single sheet of perforated metal.

"One can contemplate the trees outside whilst hanging there," said the team.

Each of the workspaces has its own distinctive colour, which is applied around the base of the walls, and also features on round acoustic panels that hang from the ceilings. This helps to give each all five spaces their own identity, but also ties them together.

Work surfaces are provided by trapezoid-shaped (as well as rectangular) tables, designed to suit different configurations. These feature gridded metal backdrops, so people can attach papers and plants to them, but they don't block views.

Modular LED lighting systems attach to the legs of these desks, and can adjusted to face in different directions. These are joined by chairs and small tables provided by furniture brand Kettal, including the Jasper Morrison-designed Village chairs.

Other details were kept as they were, including the concrete columns and exposed ceilings – although mesh shutters were added for security.

Called Sinèrgics, the spaces are now used for a variety of different occupations, from bicycle repair to textile design.

CaSA is led by architects Andrea Serboli and Matteo Colombo. Past projects by the studio include a home with bespoke bicycle storage and another with an all-white interior.


Tom Dixon and Prolicht launch Code track lighting at VDF

VDF products fair: British design brand Tom Dixon and Austrian manufacturer Prolicht have launched Code, a new collection of stripped-back LED track lights that celebrate electronics circuits.


Code is composed of bare LEDs mounted on printed circuit boards (PCBs) that can be arranged in various configurations to create "graphic lighting sculptures", according to Tom Dixon.

The collection is the result of Tom Dixon and Austrian manufacturer Prolicht's joint ambition to rethink conventional track lighting systems, which typically conceal PCBs, and offer a stripped-back alternative that celebrates and exposes the devices.

At 12:00pm today (UK time), designer Tom Dixon and Prolicht's founder Walter Norz will speak to Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs about the new product and their collaboration in a live talk as part of Virtual Design Festival.

"Our collaboration with Prolicht started high in the mountains of Innsbruck where we shared our first thoughts on a minimal track system that would attempt to remove the superfluous and reveal the light engine in all its naked glory," explained the brand's founder, Tom Dixon.

"The mystery to us was why so much time and effort had been expended hiding and minimising these extraordinary boards that have become so ubiquitous," Dixon continued.

"The question was how we could expose and explain the simple and intricate beauty of the circuit board and strip away any peripheral decoration or structure."

Code is available with three different shapes of LED light sources named Dot, Dash and Grid. These can be combined to create blocks, spheres, strips or columns of light, offering designers and architects a kit-of-parts with "infinite possibilities".

According to the duo, the collection was a mutually dependant effort, marrying Prolicht's expertise in light engineering with Tom Dixon's design vision to create a uniquely technical and decorative lighting collection.


"It was amazing how quickly the connection with Tom and his team started," concluded Prolicht's CEO Walter Norz.

"Our first joint adventure, Code, represents the epitome of our collaboration: something neither of us could have done without the other. Two different backgrounds and complementary skills merging to create the perfect product."


Kengo Kuma completes first building in Australia

Ribbons of wood wrap around The Exchange by Kengo Kuma, which has opened in Darling Square, Sydney, Australia.


The photos captured by Martin Mischkulnig reveal the spiralling form of the six-storey civic centre, which is Japanese architect Kuma's first building in Australia.

Now open to the public, the building is wrapped in 20,000 metres of light-coloured wood that Kuma has arranged in "a dynamic and exciting manner" to offer passersby glimpses of activity inside.


"Our aim is to achieve architecture that is as open and tangible as possible to the community, and this is reflected in the circular geometry that creates a building that is accessible and recognisable from multiple directions," said Kuma.

"The wooden screen wraps the exterior of the building in a dynamic and exciting manner, a historical reference to Darling Harbour originally being a hive of business activity and a focal point as a market exchange."


The characterful form of The Exchange is created by the staggering of its six curved floorplates, enveloped by angled walkways.

Though the photos do not reveal the interior of the building, it contains a library, childcare centre, market hall and a "makerspace" to support creative and technology start-ups. There is also a rooftop bar and restaurant with views over Tumbalong Park, the Chinese Gardens and Cockle Bay.

What is window display? Benefits of window displays

Window display is creative art and displaying store merchandise in the store windows.

Window displays are an important element of any store that enhances its appeal. Visually striking as they are, they can prove to be a crucial marketing tactic of any retail outlet, to induce customers to have a look and make a purchase decision.

Window display has changed from displaying boring dulls, unexciting exhibition of wares to a dynamic form of advertising since the retailers have recognized, it is first point of contact between the store and the customers and it gives chance to create the most critical first impression on the customers.


Advantages Of Retail Window Displays

  • People get an idea as to what your outlet is all about.
  • It effectively increases the brand awareness.
  • It is an effective way to highlight the latest offers, discounts, and trends.
  • It builds a positive image of the brand.
  • It is an inexpensive way of attracting customers.