Cumulus Creates “Pockets of Play” for Romania’s OK Center

PROJECT NAME OK Center
LOCATION Bucharest
FIRM Cumulus
SQ. FT. 11,000 SQF

The OK Center in Bucharest is more than just an after-school spot for Romanian teenagers to take courses geared toward financial literacy. In the words of concept architect Yasmin Asan, whose firm Cumulus designed the interiors, it’s an “anti-boredom place.” No yawn-inducing grids of desks and chalkboards here.

The café sits behind a logo wall of die-cut sheet metal, with tables and chairs by Workspacestudio. Photography by Andrei Margulescu.

Instead, Cumulus turned the 11,000-square-foot space—originally full of “maze-like corridors,” Asan says—into “an exhibition route marked by elements of interest: ‘pockets’ of play.” Niches of plywood serve as meeting and studying areas, organized by aluminum wayfinders dyed in yawn-resistant reds, purples, and yellows.

Concrete Art’s micro topping overlay meets Constar Group’s cork flooring in the conference room; Constar also custom made the LEDs. Photography by Andrei Margulescu.

“The space speaks of itself,” Asan says. “The user can perhaps understand where a pipe comes from and where it goes or learn the source of the wood for furniture and the cost of the bench they are sitting on.” In other words, it’s a space full of teachable moments.

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