Timelab in Ghent is a micro-ecosystem of learning and making activities embedded in a residential neighbourhood. Composed of a co-working space, prototyping lab, auditorium, bar and communal garden as well as several studios, a new system of local production and consumption is being tested. In their design, the architects restored the outdated supporting structure of the former factory building. In doing so, they used what they themselves describe as ‘architectural acupuncture’. At the front, they cut away part of the building to break the introverted character of the factory and give the whole a more accessible and inviting appearance. In the inner area, they cleared the garden and perforated the façade in strategic places. The almost surgical interventions remain radically visible as scars.
Timelab, a2o architecten
learning, production, making industry