CoLAB, a new cafe and creative space in Rio de Janeiro designed by MZNO Architects, offers an intentionally rough aesthetic. Conceived of as a garage-like laboratory for creatives, the building features torn out walls and apparently broken infrastructural units that contrast against the clean, sharp look throughout the remainder of the space.
Perhaps most notable in MZNO Architects' CoLAB is the manual forklift system. A hook lowers from the ceiling down into the ground floor (where the cafe and restaurant sits,) and that system of pulleys can lift heavy materials up to the workspace on the floor above. Rather than working to make this lift blend seamlessly with the cleaner design of the ground floor, MZNO Architects opted to embrace the construction that such a feature suggests. The section of the wall that houses the forklift system is completely ripped off, exposing the raw brick behind the drywall.