11 days ago •
So the designers have been hard at work and have given us our first previews of what the new space might look like.
We don't want to give the game away entirely yet, since there's a lot still undecided, but here's a plan view so you can get a bit of a feel for what we're going for:
Bear in mind that this is just an initial mockup. Here's a quick rundown of the intentions for each area.
Top left - main workshop. This will contain all the large dusty noisy tools. CNC, drill press, mill, lathe etc.
Bottom left - loading dock and large project area. We're keeping this open, there may be some soft seating which can be removed when we're using this space for larger projects.
Center top - kitchen area, below it some tall bar tables for eating and general work.
Center bottom - main work areas, soldering and test equipment along left wall, pull up seating and workstations along bottom wall. Right area is all chalkboard and rudimentary library.
Small rooms middle right - two small rooms here, one is a meeting room and the other is a 3d printing and laser cutting room.
Small rooms top right - storage and toilets.
Right window area - this is our main gallery and exhibition area. There will be some temporary movable seating here, but we'll also use this space for running events, exhibitions and there are some interesting plans afoot where we might projection map this entire space!
So, as you can see, we're coming along. We're hoping to begin build out in early December, and maybe have some preview open days in late January!
a month ago •
It has been a while since the last updated, but things are progressing swimmingly. We have a top notch design firm helping us out with the design and layout of the space. There are sadly no new photos at this stage, as we're keeping the design under wraps, but last week we got the first look at the plans for the space and it is frankly kind of awesome. Lots of interesting use of lighting, and materials, to bring about a Hackaday aesthetic (lots of black!) to the space. I won't reveal much more, you'll just have to wait and see.
I can say however that this is shaping up to be something very different from your usual hackerspace, more focused on design and aesthetics, but still providing the tools to get the job done. Stay tuned, more will be revealed in about a month or so as we start getting closer to finished renders.
4 months ago •
Its been a long time coming, but we have finally secured the space. We haven't yet been given the keys as the owners are still doing some final work on the place, but we are very very close now.
We took a wander over today to check it out again and start planning how the space will be laid out. Lots of photos below.
We've also laid down some of the plans for how we're going to use the space initially. Nothing is yet set in stone, but we're trying to do something a little different with the space. SupplyFrame will be funding the rent and helping to bankroll the initial setup costs, this is really awesome as it means we can hit the ground running.
The plan in the general sense is to create a multi-use space for designers, artists and engineers to come together and create awesome things. As such we want to ensure the space has a welcoming well designed feel to it to help encourage more people from other disciplines than just hackers. This will require a bit more design work up front but we think we have the right contacts to make that happen.During the week we should have the space open during business hours most days, with a member of our staff covering the space. When staffed the space will be open for all to come and hangout, no membership required but you will need to sign a disclaimer if you want to use any of the equipment.
For those who want to use the space outside of working hours we'll be doing an invite only basis to begin with while we figure out how the space will run in off-hours. There'll be a nominal membership fee just to ensure you are committed, and there'll probably be discounts for students too!
While we get all this up and running we will probably start hosting some meetups and other workshops and events to get the ball rolling, so if you have ideas for an appropriate event please give us a shout and let us know and we'll see what we can do.
In the meantime we're going to start collecting together a final equipment list so that we can begin laying out the space, much fun to be had ahead! We don't have a huge budget but we'd like to get a few big pieces of equipment like a laser cutter and large format CNC. If you have any suggestions for equipment you'd like to see in the space then let us know now.