Second Home, the world’s most innovative creative workspace provider, with a mission to support creativity, entrepreneurship and wellbeing in cities around the world, has opened Second Home Lisboa a 12,000 sq ft space inside the Mercado Da Ribeira, Lisbon’s oldest food market.
Lisbon is Second Home’s second ever location and the fourth project on which they have collaborating with award-winning Spanish architects SelgasCano. Previous collaborations include Second Home Spitalfields, Libreria bookshop and Kibera Hamlets School in Nairobi.
In Second Home Lisboa, SelgasCano’s architectural intervention integrates the following key principles:
Lucia Cano, co-founder of architecture practice SelgasCano:
To keep the market character, historically a space with so much force and power, and to maintain the traditional and main features of that space now changed to a place of work, is the only real idea for this project. That character is concentrated in the large and open space, in the nice column shaped iron windows, and in the beautiful thrushes. We kept and tried always to preserve all of them.
We wanted absolutely to maintain that inherited idea of one single open space, getting small companies to share a huge table (70x10 meters) divided in three, encouraging relationships. The flowing design of the table gives members their own area of private space to focus on their work whilst keeping a sense of community.
Two completely different spaces have been created in the given "L" shaped plan: The main working space where the long table sits, and the café lounge area. Both designed to be distinct and even opposite spaces: one for people to work and another for people to relax, talk and unwind. Each space with a totally different ambience and personality.
Another big aim was to reduce the energy consumption of the building. Working with one of the best climate engineers we ever worked with, Adam Ritchie, we were able to eliminate the air conditioning system and create a radiant floor system with natural ventilation taken from the ones used in a conventional greenhouse. And may be that's why we decided to give privacy and at the same time a better quality of air, placing 1000 plants on the top of that big table. Actually the plants are the only thing that you notice when you enter the main space, even if 250 chairs, 100 lamps and 250 people are also hidden in between that densely occupied big "greenhouse table."