OC&C Strategy Consultants Rotterdam
Robust, industrial and comfortable. These were the keywords with which Fokkema & Partners started work on the interior of the offices of Rotterdam consulting firm OC&C. Columns were stripped and ceilings were left in view in order to get the crude concrete in sight. The roughness of these surfaces are contrasted with high quality finishes.
Boompjes, where the office of OC&C is located, has a rich history. After the second war a big part of the buildings on this street were in ruins. The first building erected on the promenade was the building of De Nederlandsche Bank. On the upper two floors Fokkema & Partners established the office of the consulting firm.
OC&C initially asked for traditional workstations. But an analysis of the work of the firm by Fokkema & Partners, led to an alternative plan in which open workplaces are combined with private areas. This program was complemented by places where spontaneous meeting is facilitated. By concentrating the meeting and social spaces in the middle of the floor, the office is always lively, even when few workers are present. It was decided to keep simple lines and specific interior details that refer to the history of the former DNB office building, which dates back to the 50s. Lensvelt designed workspaces in line with the concept, that show how the frames have been finished, adding a touch of rawness.
Architects: Fokkema & Partners www.fokkema-partners.nl
Photographer: Horizon Photoworks.