Renovating collaborative spaces I

We wouldn’t like to close the year without a special on one of the joint efforts that has taught us most in terms of collaboration and co-creation.

We refer to renovation of the HUHEZI University facilities on which we joined BESTE Arkitektura to work as part of the team responsible for lending new functional options to the University spaces.  

We wanted to hear the architects’ opinions so that we could understand their point of view and their mindset when working to transform the place.

The starting point was the implementation of a methodology between all involved, in turn leading to a different way of assessing the project.

 

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Shared diagnosis

"Architecture doesn’t «appear» until a community truly internalises its need. The shared diagnosis process launched in 2017 within the Huhezi campus community was therefore essential in achieving the final architectural result.   

Architecture starts developing from a place of trust, leaving prejudices to one side and without falling into the discussions of style that typically lead to other kinds of participation processes limited to opening a crack in peoples’ opinion so that they will choose one aesthetic option or another.”

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Participatory model

The particular nature of this project lies in the participatory model, where each individual is given their say in lending shape and meaning to every element making up the project.

In this respect the architects give us their opinion on the development of this modality and expand upon their vision for future projects carried out based on the same focus.

 

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"The participatory model applied to Huhezi can be perfectly transferred to any other project where the impact on a community is relevant.

The community inhabited by Huhezi is familiar with cooperation and shared work, making this a fluid, enriching and educational process for all involved.

These models of shared diagnosis give people a feeling of belonging with respect to the architecture that «appears» at the end of the process, and that is exactly what moves you most as an architect, more than an image or a more or less obvious result.

The building you can visit today encompasses the story collectively composed and the architecture responds by showing us its crudest and most adaptable parts, its most domesticated spaces and its porosity with respect to the things that happen outside the building.”

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Our function

More than architecture, our function as manufacturers of collective furniture played a transcendental role, which would not have been possible without understanding the main objective of the renovation of the architectural space.

 "The idea of using Akaba furniture was to lend a certain degree of sophistication to the furniture-elements of the building.

The building displays a certain degree of coarseness in a large part of its interior spaces. We believed (and continue to believe) that the furniture offered by Akaba perfectly tied in with the idea of ambivalent uses required by the new building."

 - Beste Arkitektura -

 

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We are hugely satisfied at being able to participate in transformations such as these, where there is a positive impact on people, and where the ideas go beyond the established norms.

This is only the first part of the project experience; don’t miss the second part of this special, in which the architects reveal their most personal side and tell us what they learned from the project.