A Village Square for the Modern Age / by Nick Ierodiaconou

00's Alice, Indy, and Tim were recently featured in this month's Positive News for their piece on the Global Hub Network.

The Westminster team are founding directors Alice Fung, Indy Johar and Tim Ahrensbach, who work together at the collectively owned architecture and design strategy practice 00, known verbally as ‘zero zero’. When they were based at Hub Islington, Matthew Blades of Westminster City Council approached the trio with a proposal that they collaborate to create a Westminster Hub. With the council coming in as a 40% partner, the opportunity arose to scale up the Hub idea. After some time searching for premises, 12,000 sq feet on the first floor of New Zealand House presented the ideal location.

The huge empty space was transformed into what the team calls a super-studio for the new economy. There are assorted desks and tables, a communal kitchen, library, comfy area, cafe lounge, meeting rooms – including an internal greenhouse and a wooden WikiHouse (an open-source-design structure that can be built with minimal skill and training) – and a lecture room which seats over 100. It has hosted David Cameron launching the Co-operatives Bill, Richard Branson launching his autobiography, the New Economics Foundation’s Local Banking Conference and numerous other events including The Changemakers Fayre.

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