The board of an
investment group in capital stock, wanted to have a self-called ‘power office’.
i29 l interior architects and Eckhardt&Leeuwenstein, two offices which
collaborated during this project, created this by placing every board member in
the spotlight on a playful way. All three boardrooms and a lounge are executed
in an overall design concept. Large round lampshades, spray painted gold on the
inside, seem to cast light and shadow oval marks throughout the whole space. By
this, a playful pattern of golden ovals contrasts with the angular cabinets and
desks, which are executed in black stained ash wood. In the flooring the oval
shaped forms continue by using light and dark grey carpet. Also, these ovals
define the separate working areas.
The lounge area has, in
combination with the white marble flooring these same light/shadow patterns
that cover the bar and benches in silver fabrics. This area can be used for
presentations or social working, with an integrated flat screen in the bar and
data connections in all pieces of furniture. The existing space is set in a 17 th
century historic building, at one of the most famous canals of Amsterdam called
‘de gouden bocht’. All existing ornaments and details are painted white.
The keynotes for this company are money and
power. The design concept expresses this by setting all members of the board
literally in the spotlights.