Most Architecture were commissioned by Amsterdam company Brandbase to design a temporary space for their new office location. The client wished to furnish the space with recyclable material which gave the architects the idea to use pallets….
The pallet structure is designed in such a way that besides being merely a workplace, the entire element invites you to stand, sit or lay down on the pallets. This open office concept was created to suit the creative advertising agency, with an additional, informal atmosphere.
The existing building on the Brouwersgracht, downtown Amsterdam, is an archetypical Dutch canalhouse; a narrow, 27 meters deep space, with a back area that is divided by split level. Because of this, the concept for this dynamic company was organised along the longitudinal axis.
The design concept consists of 3 layers. The first layer, the existing space was used as a starting position and painted completely white, to provide a homogeneous base for the pallet structure. The pallets create a structure that slowly changes its character accommodating all parts of the office. Finally, the third layer in the design contains additions to the pallet structure like light fixtures, staircase banisters and the furniture; which are all done in black.
Coming in, the pallet structure welcomes its visitors, created by two rows of desks, providing a total of eight working units on two different levels. The working units in the entrance area make way for a staircase that is divided in two parts; the formal part with its steps and banisters and a more informal part, where stacked pallets provide for a place to hang-out.