Client: NextFab Foundation
Area: 500 m²
Collaborating architect: Anastasis Giannakakis - Architectures
Location: Athens, Greece
First FabLab for social innovation in Greece
An abandoned, dilapidating listed building at the centre of Athens is transformed into a lively hub of entrepreneurial and educational activities aiming at democratizing access to technological advances. The design and supervision of this project was only possible with the smooth collaboration with the Architectures office studio in Athens, lead by the architect Anastasis Giannakakis. The renovation of the 1930’s stone building was focused on revealing the existing, weathered materials and supplementing the palette with new ones that stress the minimal interiors. The stone walls, ceiling details and timber frames were repaired and restored. New elements like glass doors, a staircase and custom designed furniture have simple, elegant lines reflecting the aspirations of the people running the fablab and the new start-ups. The stone walls have been highlighted, strengthening the sense of a protective community space where the users can rediscover and expand their potential.
Starting just from an exterior shell of the building, we added its internal infrastructure all to the final fixings, finishes and unique pieces furnitures designed for its targeted use. Spaces created include, offices, co-working spaces, meetings rooms and digital fabrication workshop spaces with 3D printers, laser & vinyl cutters, electronics and power tools. This place has been dedicated to provoking social changes; it provides access to technology, education, and mentorship to empower others with the tools and skills towards activating a positive impact on society.