Una Makers Innovation Center / Ideia1
Manufacturers: Sherwin-Williams, Alcont AlumÃnio, Alusistem, Cecrisa, Metalbovi, Perfilor
Text description provided by the architects. Una Park is the newest development in Pelotas, RS. The developers had experience in building condominiums and sought to create a new project with a new approach to the city. After extensive research into new town planning and urban vitality, the idea came up to build The Una Park, a planned and open neighborhood, about 10 minutes from downtown Pelotas, in an area responsible for urban expansion. .
The Una Makers innovation center, a small building, occupies the corner of the site and guarantees the human size of the street, creating a permeable ground floor on the main avenue of the district.
The composition breaks the shape into small boxes delicately placed on concrete slabs. He has independent functions within the complex and was designed to be occupied by local startups and creative companies. A fab lab occupies the ground floor and is managed by an innovation company.
The large windows encourage the use of the front gardens for experimentation activities, events and aim to connect the community to the uses of the building.
A workspace occupies part of the ground floor and the second floor. The other four office spaces are rented by various local companies. On the third floor, a common terrace was created in order to minimize the height of the building at street level and also as a social point for the innovation center. This patio, in addition to being a space for socializing and enjoying the view, can be configured to host an outdoor conversation, screening event, or even a party.
The open staircases are the main feature of the facade and act as the materialization of the building’s objective: to open up to the community, to be visible and transparent. This innovation center plays an important role in activating not only the facade of the block, but also the entire new district.
The finishes help to create an urban environment and a contemporary look for the facades. Metallic gray finishes contrast with the white walls on the upper floors, while natural finishes such as concrete and wood are used on the ground floor.
The stretched cables generate a sculpture right at the entrance and create an interesting play of light and shadow in the building. As they are the main feature of the facade, we made sure that the flow of people in the open passages creates a building in motion.