A former car showroom has found a new life as innovative modern architecture thanks to the studio CHYBIK+KRISTOF. Using the idea of “façade as a functional banner,” they’ve lined the exterior of a furniture gallery with over 900 black plastic seats. The memorable covering features layered chairs that compose an eye-catching and highly textural motif. Upon viewing the building, you instantly know that’s it’s got to do with interior design—essentially making the structure a giant advertisement.
The single-story building is now the home to the MY DVA group, which focuses on the production of office, school, and metal furniture. When they took over the showroom, it was outdated; the space was first established in the 1990s. The architects then had the unique challenge to design quickly and essentially around MY DVA, because they were already working inside. “Do it cheap, ideally for free,” architects Ondrej Chybik and Michal Kristof recall of the brief. This constraint proved integral in the success of their design. By adding the chairs (which each cost about $3.25USD), they inexpensively produced unique architecture that you won’t soon forget.