The success of this commission was the actual listing of the inventory that would be kept and the modernising of the ‘look & feel’. To create a new appearance, I worked intuitively and associatively on the design. Nature, of course, springs to mind when we think of plants, vegetables and fruit. Soft materials with a clear texture, organic form and oftentimes a delicate structure. But you also associate checking and monitoring with selecting and preventing. You also associate it with transparency. Hard materials that hardly budge, appear sturdy but which also reflect clarity.
The challenge was creating one whole from such conflicting material characteristics.
‘Eco meets tech’.
The cellular offices were more or less a trusted design, seeing as how these excellently met their needs in the past. The new style is especially recognisable in the public areas where guests and visitors are regularly received.
CORRIDORS BECOME GALLERIES
Four corridors meet at a central junction at the entrance, main stairwell and lift. This is also the break-out area for the large adjoining conference rooms. The corridors are naturally lit from the newly installed glass doors of the offices. Large LED screens that display a changing selection of photo art provide additional lighting. As such, the corridors act as a permanent gallery and the product on which the staff works can be seen by the public.