In August 2016 Belgium based architects Going East approached StoneCycling for an ambitious project in Antwerp's famous WATT Tower. Going East was given the assignment to design a co-working space unique in its kind for Belgium (and since the project is finished one of the 'craftiest' in the world). As most co-working spaces, the one in Antwerp also included a counter and a bar. Instead of choosing a regular material, Going East wanted something different.
The lead designers had this idea of large panels, inspired on the raw look of StoneCycling's BlackPepper and Truffle bricks. Always up for a challenge and perhaps a bit naive, we started working together, creating first lab-tests.
Figuring out the right recipe and the right process was the first step. Once that hurdle was taken, we called in the help of a local tombstone production company to get the final look the people at Going East were looking for.
The final result is a combination of the bottom of the BlackPepper (you normally don't see this side) that is used for the frontside of the bar and counter. For the top, we sliced and polished the panels, revealing its inside to the visitors. The WasteBasedBar and WasteBasedCounter as part of the interior of the co-working space are simply beautiful.
Photos by Frederik Vercruysse
For more information about the project check the website of Going East.