New York studio nArchitects transformed the industrial space , with funding from MINI , into the creative hub space.
Opening to the public in January 2017 , it encompasses 23,000 square feet (915 square meters) of space for designers and the public to congregate and share ideas.
"Our aim is to be a catalyst for new and relevant work ," said the project managing director Nathan Pinsley. "Meaningful design requires exchange and stimulation and we've built a place entirely for that purpose."
The conversion of the building was the task of nArchitects , the firm behind New York's first micro-apartment tower , which kept the bones of the structure but rearranged its interior to accommodate many different functions.
One of the most noticeable interventions is a prism-shaped protrusion on the roof. Known as the periscope , the feature has mirrored facets that reflect light into the space below , and provide visitors with fragmented views of buildings in both Brooklyn and Manhattan simultaneously.
Also reflected by the mirrors is a colorful giant mural painted across the roof by local artist Mike Perry.
Inside , angled cement-covered partitions divide up the space but feature large openings so people can easily move and see through.
Adjacent , a large area acts as a casual workspace , exhibition space and events venue. This opens onto two connected outdoor spaces , which provide al-fresco seating and showcase special projects by resident designers.
Housed towards the back of the building is a 24-seat studio and workshop for designers , who can use a range of prototyping facilities , and space for an accelerator targeting city-focused startups called Urban-X.