With the traditional meaning of the word, workshop is a covered space, where artistic and/or labor action takes place. This place holds all the tools and materials that the participants will use, to create and learn.
The last years, we have witnessed a change in the meaning of the word “workshop”. With the recent boom of technology, concerning communication (cell phones, internet) and transportation (internal combustion), the word now starts to disconnect from space and focuses more to the human, the participants of the workshop, their interaction, and the way they learn from each other.
Also. we witness workshops that are being performed in unusual places, such as monasteries, old warehouses, in remote villages or even in the countryside. This kind of workshops, take their participants out of their everyday life, and mixes them with people that have a very different social or academic status.
If we tried to give a contemporary meaning to the word “workshop”, we could say that is the creation of a community that uses the subject of the workshop as a central axis for everyday living.
The benefits of such a practice, can be found not only in the lessons themselves, but also and perhaps more importantly, in social interactions between the participants.
In such a context, this thesis, attempts the design of a hostel, a welcoming place, which not only offers the facilities for the host of workshops, but also, through its own planning, offers a ground for the creation and evolution of social relations.