Design practice Studio Corkinho launches Still Room, a multi-purpose space inside Noorderpershuis, a 19th century piece of colossal brick architecture.
Studio Corkinho was searching for a new office in 2018, a space that would represent the studio's 'creative engagement'. It was by chance that they encountered the Noorderpershuis, a colossal brick building dating from the 19th century that had been abandoned since the mid 1970s. ‘I immediately felt the energetic potential of this space,’ says Etienne, the co-founder. ‘It felt like an industrial monastery with its majestic entrance, its 3-floors-high metal shelves, the accumulator tower, and its attic with a wooden ceiling.’
Etienne and his design partner Klas Dalquist were able to convince the owners to let them develop the space into a 'sanctuary of silence', a concept meant to demonstrate Studio Corkinho's design philosophy and serve as a practical base for them. The result includes the studio’s workspace and atelier, as well as a Still Room environment forming a portfolio of sorts for the studio, conceived to present their ideas in an immersive architectural context.