What about coworking on the water? A project by a student from Wrocław

The design for a floating facility that enables coworking on water was prepared by Kacper Klaus, a student at the Faculty of Architecture at Wrocław University of Technology. His bold concept won the international Coworking Space competition for the best remote working facility.

Aquacamp is a design for an office facility that is set on water. Its interior is reminiscent of a high-quality office, with comfortable working spaces created.

The Coworking Space competition was organised by the Polish Lighting Industry Association in cooperation with the 31st International Light Fair and the Silesian architectural community. The participants’ task was to create an attractive and comfortable coworking space. Points were awarded to solutions that allow for flexible space arrangement, providing a sense of privacy, but also zones that foster relationships with other people.

The designed facility was to consist of several rooms or zones. These include meeting spaces, a social area and a space for relaxation. The submitted design also had to include an analysis of the lighting inside and outside.

The project prepared by Kacper Klaus turned out to be the best. Substantive support for the student was provided by Dr. Ing. arch. Anny Berbesz. In his Aquacamp project, the student proposes that a remote work zone be created on the water. In this way, such a place can be created in an attractive location, the city centre, and does not take up additional space. The designed facility is like a horizontal office building.

I placed great importance on its fitting into any architectural context. That is why, for example, I decided to use glazed curtain walls as external partitions that blur the boundary between the building and its surroundings. Such a solution also makes maximum use of natural light and allows you to work or relax with a wide view of the water,” explains Kacper Klaus.

The lightweight and steel structure is set on a concrete float filled with insulation. This guarantees stability and minimises the problem of vibrations should another craft pass nearby. The young designer planned to create a green garden on the roof. The craft would not have its own propulsion, it would have to use a tugboat.

Light was of great importance throughout the project, so he designed light shelves on the curtain wall structure, which could also be photovoltaic panels. In the summer, such a structure would reflect direct light, directing diffused light into the interior, and accumulate heat by not allowing the interior to get too hot. At the same time, in winter, when there is less natural light, the depth of the light shelves would allow the rays to penetrate inside and heat the rooms.

Most of the facility’s internal partitions would be curtains. It would be up to the users to decide whether they prefer more privacy at any given time or whether they want to expose them to create a large open space. And for this, I proposed a light-coloured fabric for the curtains, so that they would not only absorb noise but also reflect light,” adds the designer.

When designing the interior, Kacper Klaus separated the zones for individual and group work. He designed desks on wheels which make them easy to move around. Congratulations on the idea!

source: Wrocław University of Technology

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