|Timeline||November 2019 - June 2020|
To establish their company, the young private equity firm 365 Capital moved into a building from the 1960s at a prominent location in Amsterdam. While the building itself has a modest appearance and relatively low ceiling height, the interior sets out to take advantage of the bold column structure and ample daylight entry. The suspended ceiling has been removed. The exposed concrete at the top of the columns is left in sight, showcasing the rigid original building structure and the intervention to re-interpret its qualities.
By complementing the free-flowing space with a warm and natural interior, the design maximises the building potential. The design is rich in texture to underline a variety of spatial experiences. It runs uninterrupted from the entrance and homely kitchen to the open workspace with desks for the complete team. The open workspace enables the optimal exchange of knowledge and opportunities to learn from each other.
A series of wooden cabinets are placed around the building core, converting it into a warm, functional hub. It includes a hidden bar, printers, prize cabinet, coat storage and the door to the restrooms. Acoustic measures like the perforated corten steel casing of the sofa, the workplace furniture and the acoustic ceiling provide the necessary comfort. Meeting rooms offer space for private conversations, focus and meetings. The board room has a round table to make sure everyone at the table can equally speak.
The company dynamic and its workstyles gave way to select a new range of furniture for the workplace: Ypsilon
The work environment with its natural materials, lots of green and robust detailing stays away from a standard office. This gave way to choose something other than a white desk to complement the design. Ypsilon, a new range of furniture with an array of materialisation options was selected. It was customised to underline the slightly raw, homely atmosphere and rhythmically structure the work zone for both concentration and collaboration.
Ypsilon was designed by FOKLAb in collaboration with Vepa. It is a flexible new system that optimally supports standing and seated work. Load-bearing flanges double as acoustic separations while keeping the floors free. Details on Ypsilon are found at vepa.nl
Photography Bram Vreugdenhil