The Commune Creative Co-Working Space

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Architect

Nicholas Hunt, partner and president, Texas-based Hunt Architecture

Lighting specifier

Nicholas Hunt

Client

The Commune

Location

Austin, Texas

Date of completion

April 2019

Background

Re-purposing what had once been a locksmith shop, Hunt remade the building with respect for the existing ceiling structure, retaining concrete block walls and exposing ducts. “Giving the client a range of work spaces was the key,” Hunt said. “We wanted to create space to share and mingle.”

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“Hunt aimed to provide enough desk space to spread elbows to type, write and create with room for power outlets while integrating ample, natural lighting and privacy—in anticipation of post-pandemic demand for those who prefer to work in social environments.”

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Goal

Hunt says he “wanted to create the feeling that the building itself is handmade. It’s located in a quirky part of Austin [so I] wanted to be respectful of the quirkiness of the neighborhood.” Hunt aimed to provide enough desk space to spread elbows to type, write and create with room for power outlets while integrating ample, natural lighting and privacy—in anticipation of post-pandemic demand for those who prefer to work in social environments. The architect set out to evoke the craftsman ethos.

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Challenge

Creating a hybrid of private and shared workspaces for a membership-based business model providing access to the Internet, electrical power, a printer, communal work table and/or private offices, depending on the size and budget of an enterprise. Regulations prohibited enlarging the building.

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