Excerpt: In Gallery of Furniture by CHYBIK + KRISTOF the abstractly designed facade using the product being manufactured by the company for which the showroom and display gallery is done, also works as a banner advertisement for the company itself. After a simple adjustment in the interior, a new flexible showroom was created presenting the single segments of the production in specific, thematically arranged spaces.
[Text as submitted by architect] The transformation of a former car showroom on the border of a housing estate into a showroom and headquarters of MY DVA group, dealing with the production of office, school and metal furniture, represents another finished structure of a young architecture studio called Chybik+Kristof Architects & Urban Designers from Brno. The one-storey building of mediocre esthetic quality was given a new, easily remembered face, composed of more than 900 black plastic chair seats.
The abstractly designed facade also works as a banner advertisement for the company. After a simple adjustment in the interior, a new flexible showroom was created presenting the single segments of the production in specific, thematically arranged spaces.
Brno – Vinohrady is one of the last Brno´s housing estates built in the first half of the 1980s. The car showroom itself was opened in the 1990s and belongs to the current line of commercial buildings bordering the four-lane Zarosicka road, lacking in any quality. The former state of the building was outdated both from the technical and moral point of view, and from a formal point of view, it did not serve the needs of society. Considering the fact that it was originally meant as a temporary investment in the form of a lease and that the company did not use the premises any longer, the solution had to be cheap and fast. The task was clear: ˮMake it cheap, preferably for free,ˮ architects Ondrej Chybik and Michal Kristof recollect.
MY DVA group belongs to the leading home suppliers of office, school and metal furniture. It also focuses on the concepts and interior realizations of administrative and educational buildings, as well as some atypical features. To minimize the financial means, but maximize the evaluation of the former building, emphasis was put on choosing a material from their production. Therefore, without any larger interferences into the exterior, the structure is cladded by a single product – a black plastic chair seat for about 80 CZK/1 piece. This is how an abstract texture is created, clearly defining what is going on inside without any banner advertisement. ˮIt is a basic form of an interior chair called Vicenza which the investor commonly supplies, differing only in the usage of black granules for the exterior. Therefore, it is resistant to various weather conditions, especially ultraviolet light,ˮ the architects add. The single seats are tightened on a construction made of steel profiles attached to the facade. In case of mechanical damage, it is possible to change a single piece for a new one. Facade cleaning can be simply done once or twice a year by a high-pressure cleaner.
As for the interior, it consists of two parts: a showroom and offices providing a background for the employees. The inside of the building was completely cleaned. The presentation room of the showroom, after having been created by extending the former entrance hall at the centre of the layout, is delimited by polycarbonate partitions. The floor is unified by white polyurethane screed, the ceiling is left with its former exposed concrete and all new domestic wirings are conducted visibly. At the centre of this newly created space, there is a gallery of three circles each representing three various segments of production – school furniture, office furniture and design pieces. The round cutouts are delimited by white textile curtains, occupying the whole height of the space, which can be easily used for drawing or letting open. The interiors of the cutouts represent three different spaces where the floor material, the way of lighting and the light colour are chosen in such a way that they correspond with the natural light for which the furniture is assigned. The semi-public spaces can be filled with various objects or can be used as a conference room for the employees or as a meeting place with a client. The whole space works on the principle of a gallery which can be adjusted to the actual needs. Offices for the employees are preserved along the perimeter of the structure and are unified by a grey carpet and a white painting.