Urban Station by Total Tool

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Urban Station by Total Tool BA

Design studio Total Tool have completed a combined office and cafe for nomadic workers in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Urban Station by Total Tool BA

Called Urban Station, the brightly coloured space features a café, which doubles up as a temporary office for freelance workers in need of desk space.

Urban Station by Total Tool BA

There are lamps and powerpoints connected to the sides of tables, whilst others have apertures in their middle where wires from laptops can be fed through.

Urban Station by Total Tool BA

There are fully-equipped private meeting rooms available as well as a helpdesk for any enquiries.

Urban Station by Total Tool BA

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Urban Station by Total Tool BA

Photographs are by Sergio Esmoris.

Urban Station by Total Tool BA

Here's some more information from the designers:


Designed by Total Tool BA, Urban Station has been conceived as a hybrid space, combining café and temporary office, specially designed for nomad workers.

Urban Station by Total Tool BA

The use of the café as a working space as been a long-lasting tradition in Argentina, but the development of connectivity over the last years has boosted this habit.

Urban Station by Total Tool BA

The project was meant to create a space where the traditional typology of the café was reconsidered while accommodating office amenities such as tables specially adapted for laptops, private meeting rooms provided with medias such as projectors and video conference equipment or a help desk where to print or ask for errand services.

Urban Station by Total Tool BA

From the organization of promotional events among frequent customers to the offer of free bicycles to be borrowed and take a break, many other elements and services have been also designed to provide enhanced comfort and interaction opportunities for the nomad worker.

Urban Station by Total Tool BA

Urban Station by Total Tool BA

Urban Station by Total Tool BA

Urban Station by Total Tool BA

Urban Station by Total Tool BA

Urban Station by Total Tool BA

Urban Station by Total Tool BA

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  • felix

    Really interesting new typology. I'm interested in how they get people to pay for these extra facilities without ruining the cafe atmosphere.

    Interior design is attractive and appropriate.

  • GJS

    Total Tool – unfortunate name, loses something in translation. Should someone tell them?

    • Matthias

      It's a sensitive matter… but yes, somebody should.

  • michelalano

    Wonderful idea! when I'm ready for my startup in 5-10 years, I'll be looking for a place like this to get started. A beautiful combination of the comfort of a coffee shop and the professional amenities of an internet cafe or print center. Sign me up!

  • http://www.saimanmiah.com Saiman

    Yum

  • http://lettuceoffice.com nico

    I find the concept fresh and well thought out. In an era when small business is thriving I can definitely see how this typology can be implemented in cities all over the world.

  • http://www.rjcomrie.com rjc

    very cool… definitely playing with the age of the mobile worker… deeelicious

  • olive

    what a fantastic idea! We need some of these in South Africa. love love love!!

  • popco

    If Felix didnt mention this typology specifically, I would have missed this interesting point. People have been using cafe as a working place unoffically, like i like going to cafe to do my work. But i think this is one of those cafe, combining the essence fo normadic design ( seen from their furniture style), really articulates this cafe-work space typology. I found this very interesting! nice work!

  • Gladys

    Vamos todavia Buenos AIres! Buenisima idea!!! Great idea, great job. Would like to check in a year see how it worked in term sof profitability.

  • http://kaocow.com Kaori

    ugh that looks sooo nice & cozy….. that cafe needs to duplicate itself over to chicago haha