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A/D/O is a design space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn that provides a new kind of space for designers. Founded by MINI as part of the company's own design practice and exploration of innovations that improve urban life, A/D/O provides a new kind of platform for designers, aiming to foster a broader conversation across and beyond disciplines. Occupying a former warehouse, the new space is open to the public, combining spaces for events and exhibitions, design education, free communal workspace, a fabrication lab, a design shop, and restaurant. The building hosts Urban-X, an accelerator founded by MINI and SOSV, which supports startups working on products and services to improve urban life.

Reflecting the role of A/D/O in actively encouraging the cross pollination of creative ideas, nARCHITECTS' transformation of the 23,000-sf building was guided by a principle of remixing. Rather than simply dividing the existing warehouse into various zones for different activities, we chose to create variable connections between gastro, event, design, exhibition and retail spaces. Neither rooms nor an open hall, the spaces kind of bleed into each other, allowing people who are curious to see what would normally be going on behind closed doors. The principle of remix extends to the physical transformation of the building by utilizing original graffitied brick to rebuild the outlines of new apertures in the formerly opaque brick façade—a technique we call "reconstituted graffiti."

Saturday & Sunday Tour Info: 45-min OpenDialogue tours with nARCHITECTS will take place at 11am and 12pm on both days, and tours with A/D/O staff will take place at 1 and 2pm on Saturday.


Reservations for this tour are now sold out. Interested in exploring contemporary spaces that nurture creative thinking? You may also enjoy the Blue School, where they're educating the next generation of out-of-the-box thinkers for spaces like A/D/O, which requires no reservations! Click on the site’s name to check out its Open Access listing.


Image Credit: Frank Oudeman, nARCHITECTS