Like LEGO blocks - the Agora Showroom
HB Reavis real estate development company has contacted our office to find a quick, spectacular and professional design solution for the showroom of the 'Agora' development. It was requirement to come up with a time-saver idea of creating a temporary structure, which, behind its eye-catching facade provides a high quality interior environment for future tenants and buyers interested in the properties currently being built. With its audiovisual and interactive digital systems, the visitor feels being flown into the future - yet the space provides a pleasant and comfortable office environment for those who work there.
Another important aspect was sustainability: the showroom was mounted from the containers lifted by a crane one by one, and its structure could be relocated largely without damage to a new location, following the actual construction phase. The container lies from the building site containers a few meters away, but it is still relates to them as if someone had been playing with containers similar to LEGO blocks and simply stacked together.
The main focus of our office is the design of modern, ergonomic office spaces, spiced up with unique interior design and creativity. However, we are also architects, so the architectural answer to this design question was a very exciting task to work on. Since the deadline was extremely limited, MádiLáncos Studio also carried out architectural planning and static technical drawings, in addition to interior design, with the help of the relevant experts. This was a big challenge, mainly because the project as a whole did not have the usual solutions: shipping containers became the base structure of the building and these structures had to be made habitable in the Budapest climate and suitable for the expected functions.
In the showroom there is a lounge where the future development’s 3D model will be exhibited, a big and small meeting room, an event terrace as well as a 13-meter-high observation tower that offers a fantastic panorama of the construction process.
The interior design was inspired by the graphic image design of the Agora development. The materials used represent products of the future suppliers of the Agora offices. We tried to show the container structure in as many situations as possible, thus giving the space an industrial touch.
After 3-4 months of detailed design, the showroom took 3 months to complete.
Both during design and construction, it was a challenge to create a building that represents the new city centre project in an innovative, sustainable and unique way, all this made from genuine shipping containers that are also used in global trade.