Urban3 coworking hub

Urban3 - coworking hub


Adaptable community space for smart city collaborators



We designed the new Urban3 coworking hub, located in the Maria01 startup campus. Urban3 is an open ecosystem and innovation hub that functions as a meeting place, showroom, event space and office for companies building a smarter urban future. The hub was designed to be bold, inclusive and interactive to bring the community together, inspire new ideas and represent their sustainable values and participative culture.



KIRAHub (KIRA-InnoHub Ry)


Helsinki, Finland

Part of





Restorated & conservated

Always available

Coffee, VR & donuts

Urban3 coworking hub event space showroom lounge
Urban3 coworking hub entrance
Urban3 coworking hub event space donuts

Architectural conservation without compromising design

Urban3's building was recently restorated to its original glory, meaning the space is under conservation, which added an extra challenge to the design. It meant that the look and feel would be mostly created with furniture. The hub's aim is to be an inspiring pioneer, so no compromises were allowed. The style and colour palette of the hub were inspired by the original decorations, though interpreted creatively.

Urban3 coworking hub event space stage
Urban3 coworking hub event space kitchen lounge
Urban3 coworking hub custom recycling
Urban3 coworking hub whiteboard
Urban3 coworking hub event space kitchen stools

Grounding design with strategy and participation

Design must reflect the users' values and culture, and empathically offer solutions to both current and new, unpredictable problems. We organised workshops for the users of Urban3 to map out their needs and create a unified concept. The results of the co-design are evident in this open and adaptable space with an intuitive feel. Inclusivity and sustainability are important values in design, and that's why for example the stage has its own ramp for equal accessibility, and recycling is visible in materials and use.

Urban3 coworking hub showroom workshop
Urban3 coworking hub showroom office
Urban3 coworking hub meeting room
Urban3 coworking hub event space showroom

Flexibility is the future

Urban3 is designed to be adjustable and interactive so that it can be rearranged as needed. This hub "version 1.0" will live and evolve with its users and their needs and innovations. The custom furniture is made to be versatile and fun, for example the light boxes with changeable texts or the showroom displays that digitally exhibit the community members' work. The whole space or parts of it can accomodate vastly different types of moments & events.

Urban3 coworking hub event space showroom custom boxes
Urban3 coworking hub graphic signage
Urban3 coworking hub graphic signage path
Urban3 coworking hub entrance coatrack
Urban3 coworking hub event space

Photos by Esa Kapila

Behind the scenes


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