Redefining Inside/Outside

The educational tech startup GoGuardian had a huge warehouse space. They approached Made to Matter for help creating branded meeting spaces that were adaptive and innovative.

Made to Matter came to us with a napkin sketch: four different structure types, each resembling a funky shed with varying degrees of privacy. Made of simple shapes, they all were to have a similar gabled frame.

We began by exploring the feasibility of such a project. The proposed shed shape had one wall that was taller than the other. How could we create gabled structures without a center truss to lend its rigidity?

Once we had figured out the tectonics and how we were going to prefabricate the elements, we had to consider transportation. Every element of all fourteen structures had to be transported to Los Angeles and assembled by unskilled labor. We flat packed all elements and sent them down in two eighteen-wheelers. The accompanying construction documents were insane.

The largest type of structure was the Greenhouse. Composed of a series of four structures with sections of translucent panels in between, it required a heavy metal spine to make the gable of this long shed structurally sound. The four structures alternate between four finishes: white, stained, black, and natural.

The translucent panels expose structural elements, but there are no exposed fasteners.

The Greenhouse can be used for larger meetings, yoga, and meditation.

The smallest structure we created dotted the mezzanine level. Containing tables and chairs, the roof and sides are all dry erase boards.

These small sheds were built in pairs, each a mirror image of the other. The custom glass doors echoed the shape of the small gabled structure. Each contained a project room with pin-up spaces and dry erase boards. A project could make itself home there, to be revisited by teammates over time.

The final structure we created were dramatic small work areas with open sides. Every structure is labeled with a different animal.

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