Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

The client has been operating a co-working space and a start-up accelerator in the Freiburg area for around five years and is the regional hub of creativity and sustainability. While searching for larger premises, the owners came across the Lokhalle – a listed engine shed that is 110 years old. When planning the new interior, the aim was not only to maintain the industrial character of the building but to actually emphasise it, creating a unique and expressive setting.

An initial contact with Vitra and its expansive portfolio developed into a partnership for the planning and furnishing of the new environment. The spacious hall was outfitted with sea freight containers to develop a structured layout comprising of co-working zones, team spaces, pop-up team spaces, meeting rooms, a café, a plaza and an event area. The site's resulting identity radiates such appeal that the co-working spaces were already fully-booked on the opening day.
OAI Haller Architekten
Interior architecture
Grünhof / Vitra / Partner AG
Christoph Duepper
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