Interstice Architects transformed a former auto-repair garage in San Francisco into an ultra-modular workshop and community center that invites creatives to experiment and organize workshops. The Minna Dream Shop is a minimalist "open-ended" event space clad in plywood and organized around a vertical core of reclaimed myrtle Wood.
The Minna Dream Shop is located on a small street in San Francisco’s Mission district. Interstice Architects renovated the former auto garage into an open space with connections to both the street and a private outdoor backyard workspace. The airy layout allows artists and markers to work on large-scale projects inside. The glazed front and rear facades allow natural light to penetrate the interior, and large operable doors facilitate passive cross ventilation.
The project prioritizes flexibility – the interior can serve as a mechanical room, a wet-lab, a kitchen, and an event space. Bathrooms are located within a three-level service column, and a sculptural twisting stair leads to a mezzanine office that can be isolated from the workshop volume with glass curtains.