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Oslo Cowork, Babelstudio, Coworking Space

Not just for work: Babelstudio’s co-working space

The client – the architecture photographer Erlantz Biderbost – wanted a studio that would enable various uses. Oslo Cowork offers meetings and relaxation areas as well as a small fitted kitchen, a bathroom, storage space and co-working areas all in one – on just 39 square metres of space. Structure is lent to the high room by a double-level timber mezzanine element at the centre of the multi-functional interior.

As Oslo Cowork has a compact base volume, the fitted kitchen is tucked away at the rear of the mezzanine element while storage options and the tiny bathroom are integrated into its sides and stairs and seating at its front. Users can spend time together or hold meetings on the top. Being free-standing, the mezzanine makes the interior seem more spacious.

The small office has a glass-walled street frontage articulated with wood-framed panes that provide a subtle indication of the two levels inside. Various functions have been assigned a place around the mezzanine volume. Long desks along the side walls of the office can be folded away to create space for exhibitions or other events in adaptable manner. The rear side of the room is visually set apart from mezzanine, plus a large shelving system along the back provides plenty of space for storage.

The materials and surfaces in Oslo Cowork are simple and low-key in character. The glazed façade provides the interior with an abundance of natural light, making it open and friendly in effect. Light-coloured ash wood in combination with rust-red floor tiles and brass details ensures that the interior makes a harmonious overall impression. Grey carpeting on the mezzanine and understated pendant lamps round off the design of the versatile co-working space.

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