Have you ever wondered how it feels like to be in a startup accelerator? It’s usually a large space where ideas and hard work of tireless people are combined with crazy energy and very few hours of sleep. But what if the accelerator space no longer fits the needs of mentors and startuppers? How do you renovate the interiors of such particular space?
500 Startups, with two offices in California, defines itself as not just simply an accelerator but a”global community”; a bootcamp for companies where they make it possible for thousands of entrepreneurs to create their company and their vision.
As 500 Startups is continuously expanding, they needed to support their growing numbers of founders and staff, and to maximize their space and add more storage.
In order to obtain various remodeling ideas and projects, they turned to CoContest; an online crowdsourcing platform, with a network of over twenty thousand designers where you can get several interior design projects by launching a contest.In fact, CoContest is much more. It’s an innovative way of acquiring several design projects for interiors that lives up the standards of our modern 2.0 world. Basically, instead of asking a single architect or studio, for a renovation proposal, you can easily launch a contest on CoContest platform and receive different projects from over twenty thousand designers all over the world. In this era of globalism, thanks to the digital phenomena, the idea of your new home or office can arrive from the opposite side of the globe.
This is a huge revolution in the world of design, considering that by this method, and thanks to the competitive pricing, interior architecture has been democratized for everyone to use, and is no longer a rare privilege of the few who can afford it.
Among the 26 projects received, they chose a project where no major changes were made to the floor, ceiling and electricity, but at the same time proposed a new furniture layout with more desks, a new chill-out room, more company-oriented visual identification elements that make the place totally personalized.
A part of this visual identification is the magnet-chalkboard walls that allows the application of creative brainstorming and team activities.
However other projects were of significant importance too. For example the designers of the project ranking second, have decided to go for a more creative road; Probably the most characteristic part of their project is the huge net filled with many “cubes” labeled 500 Startups. It’s an abstract tree, symbolizing the growth of 500 Startups by incubating hundreds of businesses. This tree also divides the relaxing era from the working area.
The project ranking third, the meeting rooms face the entrance door, leading from the lift lobby. Therefore these rooms are designed with space for startups’ branding – the first thing the visitor sees while entering the space. The space below the branding has seats that could be used to meet with visitors who walk in without an appointment. The branding itself orients the visitor and gives the tenants a sense of ownership of the space.
The metaphor of growth has been the concept of yet another project, where the designers have attributed a slogan to best define 500 Startups; “It’s a place to grow up in”. That’s why the form of a tree plays an important role everywhere in this project. The working area is characterized by many abstract tree, of which branches hang small cubes labeled with the names of the startups that have been incubated in 500 Startups.
At the end of the contest, Dave McClure the founding partner, defined the experience as “unconventional and outstanding”. He said he was fascinated by how CoContest is revolutionizing the interior design world, allowing anyone to reach hundreds of designers from all over the world.