Atelier Van Lieshout as a main thread
Rijnboutt worked together with Fokkema & Partners and Lensvelt on the remarkable interior of their brand new office on the Moermanskkade in Amsterdam. The design agency immediately fell for the outspoken furniture of Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL) for Lensvelt, that even designed special ‘Tree Tables’. Now AVL runs through the 1600 m2 building like a red thread.
Rijnboutt wanted maximum attention for comfortable furniture for both visitors and employees. Project contractor Lensvelt thought along and supplied furniture that fits the robust location. The sturdy AVL Office Chairs, upholstered in black leather and cow print leather, and the black leather-covered AVL Koker Chairs for the glass meeting rooms, fit like a tailor made suit. To match the predominantly black and white tones Lensvelt opted for a green and a blue space with a few idiosyncratic eye catchers: the AVL Workbench and AVL Koker Chairs. The AVL Lazy Modernist, together with the AVL SPR Cathedra Lounger, invites you to relax, enjoy the panoramic view over the IJ and get inspired.
Rijnboutt designed in the line of Atelier Van Lieshout, special large polyester tables with an embedded planter. These tables on the work floor are called ‘Boomtafels’ by the Rijnboutt employees. Piet Hein Eeks round stools on wheels are also custom made. They can be stored away under the desks and can be taken out at office consultations.
“When you bring together eighty employees of two branches in a brand new building, it’s a huge advantage that we are architects: we can realise our ideal office”, says Frederik Vermeesch, one of the five architect directors. “Together with Lensvelt, important concepts such as cooperation, transparency and flexibility were translated in a clever and original way into the interior. Here we created silence places, war rooms, meeting rooms, flex workplaces, an open work floor, a scale model room and a library.”
Since last summer, the multidisciplinary design agency in the field of architecture, urban design and landscape is housed on the fourth and fifth floor of a building on the Moermanskkade in the Western Docklands of Amsterdam. The agency works on complex urban tasks with a mix of functions such as offices, homes and retail. These include the redevelopment of the post office at the Neude in Utrecht, the Catherinasteeg in Leiden, the ‘Kop van Cruquius’ and the Citroën Noord building at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, and the flagship stores of Hudson’s Bay in Amsterdam, Tilburg, Breda and Amstelveen.
Rijnboutt is a participant of the Dutch Green Building Council (DGBC) and has been involved in the preparation of the BREEAM label for area development and sustainable urban development.
Architects: Fokkema & Partners, www.fokkema-partners.nl
Text: Viveka van de Vliet
Photographer: Jan Willem Kaldenbach