urban planning design:
Wissing Stedebouw en Ruimtelijke Vormgeving
Bouwbedrijf Zegers Ede
building services adviser:
building physics adviser:
Lichtveld Buis & Partners
office furniture and fittings:
Besides designing the building shell for the new Abbott offices, JHK Architekten also designed the interior. The task was to develop an infill kit for an innovative office environment, with an representative multifunctional ground floor and a contemporary and efficient working environment on the upper floors. In close consultation with the client and the feedback group, a new office concept was realized, in which multifunctionality and flexibility are inextricably bound in the ultimate design. Optimal comfort in both the working areas and the various meeting places plays a significant role.
The office concept embraces a diversity of workspace types including open spaces, one-person offices, duo-workstations, concentration workspaces, various informal meeting points and flexspaces. Through their design, materialization and positioning, these workspaces provide optimal support to the Abbott work activities. Meeting others and collaboration is stimulated by introducing accents at strategic places, without disturbing the quiet and unity of the work areas in any way. On the ground floor, interaction between employees and visitors plays a central role. Due to their transparent and welcoming lay-out, the restaurant, the meeting rooms and the technical presentation area on the ground floor ensure diversity in use and they form an important component of the total concept of the 'new world of work' at Abbott.
The upper floors are extremely efficient and flexible in their set-up. By creating informal meeting places on the visual axes as seen from the core, the workfloors are divided into small clusters of open workspaces. These informal places can be seen as theme rooms, where the atmosphere in the space influences the activity that can take place there. A distinctive feature of the interior are the colour themes on the upper floors, which aid orientation within the building and give the various divisions of the organization their own identity.