Smart Incubator Labs


Live urban laboratory for technological and social start ups.

Smart Incubator Labs is a concept of an innovative incubator zone existing in a symbiosis with its neighborhood using smart city technologies. It offers a unique opportunity to inspire and test alternative urban model based on cooperation and mutual benefit supported by data exchange. It serves as a live urban laboratory for technological and social start ups to inspire and provide testing opportunities necessary to consolidate the concepts developed in the incubator.

The concept was created as a result of a cooperation between architecture and service design disciplines. Through methods such as user research, observation and user feedback, Smart Incubator Labs aim to propose a holistic and realistic solution which indicates potential application of BIM technology (Building Information Modelling) in the total building life-cycle.

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With “smart city” systems based on BIM technology and sensors, the incubator building and the neighbourhood constantly produce and publish data about their performances in real-time, enabling its community to build visualizations, apps and other artifacts using that data, creating a platform for the incubator users at all development stages as well as the neighbourhood inhabitants.

Incubator Life

user voice
Engaging users in the research revealed needs and preferences of the current incubator users, based on an example of the Technological Park in Gdynia, Poland. Users and employees of the park emphasized benefits from better integration of network and coordinated facility management systems in their workflow. Successful integration of the smart system supported by BIM technology from the early design and construction phase would save time and money in later management of the building and open new coordination opportunities for the incubator community who can access the system through an intuitive interface.

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user journey

Space Design


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Cansu Tunali, Architect

Henri Valancogne, Architect

Aleksandra Kozawska, Designer

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