SPACE10’s Latest Headquarters Is Very Community-Centric

SPACE10 is looking a bit of different since we visited it last. The Copenhagen-based research and design lab recently unveiled its redesigned headquarters accomplished in collaboration with architecture and design studio Spacon & X. While two levels of the three-floor constructing will remain the identical, with the basement as a fabrication laboratory/tech studio and the highest floor as a workspace for the SPACE10 team, the foremost floor has been fully transformed right into a community-centric space, much more so then before. Latest additions, including a public library with a take-a-book-leave-a-book system, foster an environment that’s conducive for community exchange and artistic ideation.

woman checking out colorful racks of magazines and books

Inspired by the concept of a newsstand, the general public library with its modular racks and displays will feature 100 books, magazines, and titles for youths – all hand-selected by the SPACE10 team, in addition to input from guest curators and the community. This selection will change all year long with recent, relevant titles. A book exchange can also be available where guests can simply leave a book and take a distinct one home. The racks, produced from locally-sourced organic wood, wool, and Danish-produced aluminum, add a pleasant pop of color to the white tiled space.

hand pulling out book from display rack

Our methodology has all the time centered on involving people in research and design processes with a view to proceed to diversify our perspectives and create solutions that really matter for the numerous. We learned in a recent SPACE10 survey that 87% of our community follow us for ‘inspiration and recent ideas’, while 59% need to be a part of a ‘like-minded community.’ This felt like a chance to offer the community with a physical space that may be used for research, discussions, and meetups, and share books we at SPACE10 find inspiring and which are shaping our own conversations and projects. We would like to foster spaces where people and concepts can meet, and what higher than a library to offer serendipitous encounters and conversations each day.

colorful racks of magazines and books

colorful racks of magazines and books

colorful racks of magazines and books

unclose detail of magazine rack

man sitting next to window in public library

Next to the library is a kiosk where visitors can try and buy local drinks and snacks while they benefit from the space. Guests also can buy a souvenir from a curated number of design objects including stationery, homewares, toys, books, and SPACE10 merchandise.

kiosk of merchandise next to public library

hand writing a note

man and woman working in public space

The remaining of the space will function as usual. A program of events, all the time free to attend, will proceed to focus on recent guests and cultivate an area for discussion, conversation, and inspiration. The gallery area will host two exhibitions a 12 months, with this 12 months’s The Ideal City 2040 installation currently on view through spring 2023. Across the floor, various seating options, from window stools to reading nooks, allow guests to chill out, enjoy a coffee, work, study, or try the books from the featured library.

hands reaching for orange book

Photo: Emilia Staugaard

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