The Machine Shop

Realization May 24, 2014



Downtown, Colorado Springs




The Machine Shop is a collaborative workspace co-founded by four independent creative studios, as a shared studio space. Located in Downtown Colorado Springs, this former automotive garage is now home to artists, architects, developers, designers, and writers.

Creative Community

2018 ABE
Art Opportunites Award

2015 Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR)
Best Creative Workspace Award

2015 IIDA BEST Awards
Workplace under 15,000 s.f

Back in the fall of 2013, Echo Architecture started to outgrow its original space in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs.  When searching for a new home, we stumbled upon a dingy old automotive garage.  Although vacant for years, the space was full of character and had quite a story to tell.  Although too big for just Echo, we decided to grab the space and create something bigger than ourselves.  Identified by the bright orange logo and ramp inspired deck on the exterior, The Machine Shop became a collaborative workspace for creativity housing a handful of independent creative companies along with an in-house resident artist.

“The Machine Shop is the epicenter of creativity in Colorado Springs. It is an incredible place where big ideas are born and executed. The only thing superior to the design skills at The Machine Shop are the class-act personalities. Zero pretense here — just talent and charm.”

Colin Christie, Neon Pig Creative

Echo Architecture designed and re-built the space into a flexible, transformable, collaborative community.  The interior stays true to the automotive spirit of the original history of the space; raw steel, concrete, and wood being common threads throughout, along with quirky, unexpected elements such as an artificial grass deck, felted walls, shou-sugi-ban (burnt cedar) conference room walls, and a cork-box meeting room implemented with careful thought.

The space is home to three custom murals by the amazing Kyle Steed. Custom furnishings are seen in every corner of the office; adjustable steel desks make for ergonomic workstations for each person’s needs and preferences, a poured in place concrete island becomes the central conversation area at lunch, a large community table repurposed from a printmakers studio is the perfect place for creative discussion, and a custom steel frame, brass inlaid ping-pong/conference table makes for a great stress reliever after a hard day of work.

Custom steel framed translucent sliding panels act not only as whiteboard area, but also as a division of space when set up for events; especially useful when The Machine Shop transforms into an Art Gallery on the first Friday of every month.  Radiant heated floors, powered by solar tube panels mounted to the side of the building, warm the space in the cooler months, while the buildings original swamp cooler relieves the hotter days. The space has truly become a hub of creativity bettering the work of all who get to spend their time here.

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Photographs by Richard Seldomridge