Studio Boot & C-Mone

Social Label Lab / Werkwarenhuis

Habitat 2019
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The project

The former animal feed factory De Heus on the Tramkade in ’s-Hertogenbosch has, with the support of the Rabobank Foundation, been transformed into a concept store, meeting place and halfway house for those distanced from the labour market. The Work Warehouse consists of the Social label Lab (design lab for social innovation), ClubW (performance, dance, theatre, music) and café/restaurant Van Aken. Based on the principle of ‘making something from nothing’, an experiment lasting ten years (2015-2025) will build a Monument of the Future in which the instigators Studio Boot and C-mone, together with renowned designers and people distanced form the labour market, try to capture the creativity and activity of the area and share it with the whole city. The human dimension, the power of design, architecture and communication form the starting point for all of this.

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Committee

The Work Warehouse is part of a larger project, and not necessarily intended to ever be completed. The focus lies on the continuous, flexible and fluid investigation process. This is translated into a physical implementation that is consciously informal and loose. As such, the accent lies with the people, the encounters and a playful touch to the project. It is precisely this approach that elevates social workshops out of the social and spatial isolation in which they can usually be found. The flexible character and the bringing together of different people and ideas is particularly intriguing. The fact that the entry is actually a snapshot of a longer process generates more curiosity into further future developments.

— The flexible character and the bringing together of different people and ideas is particularly intriguing.