Winners announced in Urban Zoo Coworking challenge

20 March 2019
  • Studio MAS
  • Studio MAS
  • Rachel Fay & Liv Green
  • Apex Project Bureau



Studio MAS take first place with Menagerie concept

The results have been announced for a competition to find a new signature interior design style for Urban Zoo Coworking, a Latvian company planning to open its first space in Riga for freelancers, start ups and small business. Organised by BeeBreeders, the contest sought an innovative concept that could be applied to each new venue and customised to suit the needs of its users. Participants were tasked with creating a unique space that would distinguish it from other traditional offices, invoking a sense of creativity and collaboration.
In first place, the Menagerie by Marianne Ventre and Anthony Spennato from Studio MAS featured a simple colour scheme, creating a clear and understandable concept that could easily be replicated in any type of office. The jury praised the design for complimenting the concept of an “urban zoo”, creating an energetic atmosphere in which workers could connect, exchange, and collaborate. As the winning design, The Menagerie has the potential to become the signature interior for the Urban Zoo brand.

Second place winners Rachel Fay and Liv Green from Australia took modular design to the next level with their WILD project, which featured a “Kit of Parts” enabling users to customise their space with a focus towards individual work, or to encourage collaboration and networking. The jury picked this project for its highly-functional proposed grid system, which they found to display originality and ingenuity. 

Apex Project Bureau took third place, with authors Daria Khrenova and Ekaterina Zakharova from Russia creating coherent zones for their Habitat project. The scheme featured a natural colour palette to create a space where creatives could escape the rat race. The jury panel especially complimented the way in which the design defined separate sections, divided into areas called settlements, nests, and jungles.

Lucy Nordberg
TenderStream Head of Research

This competition was first published by TenderStream on 07.11.2018 here

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