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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Office Besturenraad in Woerden, The Netherlands

April 2nd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

COEN! created a new working environment and identity layer for the ‘Besturenraad / BKO’. These two organizations are going to cooperate more intensively at a new location and take care of two denominational types of education in the Netherlands: Catholic and Protestant. The aim of this project was to visually connect the shared goals and principles of both organizations.

Golden Table: all Cabinets are Transformed into meeting places by a Golden Table top

  • Interior Architect: COEN Design Agency
  • Project: Office Besturenraad
  • Location: Woerden, The Netherlands
  • Client: Besturenraad/BKO, Woerden
  • Floor: ca 2200 m2
  • Start Design: 2010
  • Start Building: 2010
  • Delivery: 2011
  • Software used: Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for design

Copy Machine

For the design of this story COEN! used The Book as a metaphor. Apart from the Christian and Catholic values a book also consists of structure, text and image. You see stained glass patterns, metal grids based on the golden section and special text prints with a message. The relation between faith and education is also subtly made clear by DNA patterns and golden ‘office altars’.

Locker Detail

The eccentric and ornate atmosphere of religion has always fascinated a great many people. In addition, a new religion has developed with a belief in the global economy and with materialism as the one God. As people continue to search for new forms of spiritual enrichment, space is also created for new types of religious experience, Catholicism and spirituality. This search for new meaning leads to inner reflection. Coen van Ham delved into the tension that exists between the material and the spiritual. The result was a new logo based on the cross.

Locker Room with all Lockers named after school lessons like math and Religion

This logo is based on a reversal. Will you choose the deeper spiritual value or the material value on the surface? Do you believe in God, in yourself, or in the power of the economy? Or perhaps you believe in a material as well as a spiritual world?

Colorfull DNA Patterns on the Walls in the Offices give all spaces their unique appearance

Coen van Ham (1971) is a Dutch conceptual designer, architectural designer and source of creative inspiration. He studied at the renowned Design Academy in Eindhoven.

Golden mean used in a grid to create work cells for concentration

COEN! is one of the leading agencies in the Netherlands on account of its innovative concepts, stunning designs and inspiring workshops. His style is colourful, graphic, sober and communicating. COEN! shapes and guards over identity. Designs for your works of art, corporate identity, product and interior are all based in a powerful and unique concept. Designs by Coen van Ham have been included in several design and art collections. His work was shown in a diverse range of exhibitions worldwide. Coen’s work has been featured in numerous magazines and books.


Curious? Experience more of his inspiring projects at

Canteen with names of the schools printed on the table tops



Golden Bar

Meeting room called ‘Days Room’: refers to the holy number seven



Faithless: a golden piece of art by Coen van Ham made to inspire

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