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.
CZ Insurance Headquarters in Tilburg, Netherlands by Barcode Architects and Habiter Autrement
February 19th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Barcode Architects
BARCODE Architects completes the first redevelopment phase of CZ insurance headquarters. CZ approached BARCODE Architects with the question to drastically transform the interior of their headquarters in Tilburg so that new ways of working with more opportunities for communication and knowledge sharing could emerge.
One of the key targets of the design brief was the desire to create a differentiated work environment, more efficiently planned, with flexible workplaces for all employees. The architects divided the 100 meters long and 23 meters wide plan into 3 zones, with in the centre an area for meeting and discussion, flanked on either side by open workplaces and concentration zones.
The materialization of the project is based both, on the collective and the uniqueness of the individual areas. A new suspended ceiling in the central area emphasizes the differentiation into 3 zones, the carpet connects and brings also accents using contrasting colors for the individual spaces of meeting and encounter.
The furniture is chosen in line with the different atmospheres within the space. The perforated acoustic panels are used as a playful backdrop, the oversized bar table reflects the importance of the open communication and the sharing of information and knowledge.
Barcode Architects also made a custom for a seating element. The piece of furniture in the form of a cross, is made of foam, is flexible and easy to move, it aims to become the connecting element, the social focal point of the floor.
Barcode Architects: The new office of CZ-insurance is a combination of ‘humor’ combined with efficiency and pragmatism, the perfect balance between sobriety and optimism, a beautiful reflection of the philosophy of this Dutch insurance company.
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