Canoas, Brazil – We tend to say that some tech startup projects are so game-changing that they’re out of this world, but a co-working space in Brazil took that quite literally: at the UFO Space in Rio Grande do Sul, the sky is definitely not the limit – the galaxy and beyond is more like it.
Inspired by the brand’s extraterrestrial name and the idea of freely diving into the unknown, local architecture studio Mov.in took the physics of outer space into account: that explains the floating rocks that line the walls, the difference in workspace heights and the names of the meeting rooms.
The idea was to provide customers with a diversity in literal, and thus hopefully figurative, points of view
Instead of being grouped tightly inside a gabion wall, as rocks usually are, the team decided to place the pieces in gravity-defying ways, suspending them in a sidereal layout – they’re hung one by one on steel cables. They also placed oddly rotated circular luminaires throughout, in order to create the illusion of actual unidentified objects flying above. Along with the trampolines, hammocks and the bleachers-cum-observation deck, Mov.in also created a mezzanine. The idea was to provide customers not just with a diversity of space given their particular layout need, but also with a diversity in literal, and thus hopefully figurative, points of view – the way one would stare at earth from the window of a space station comes to mind. For those who work better in isolation or need privacy, there are even cocoon-like environments, with acoustic padding. Those meeting rooms have names like Andromeda and Milky Way, to keep with the galactic theme.