Among its international branches, the NautaDutilh office in Rotterdam maintains its own distinctive identity as the law firm builds on almost 300 years of history in the city. Fokkema & Partners created an interior design to merge the international style with the local conditions, and with the rhythmic and beautifully materialised architecture of the highrise through a no-nonsense approach.
Client NautaDutilh
Location Rotterdam
Square 10.000
Timeline March 2013 - March 2016

Robust and no-nonsense, unafraid of change and innovation: this seems somewhat at odds with characteristics as warm and chic which the law firm Nauto Dutilh also sought in their new interior. On the top 9 floors of the highrise FIRST Rotterdam, situated opposite central station, these characteristics all come together, represented as one.

In translating requirements for transparency, the design has become even more dynamic and social. With the "H" shape of the generous floors in the tower, you are treated not only to incredible views over the city, but you also see the building itself and your colleagues. It was taken as a starting point to bring the design objectives together.

The building cores are decorated with oak lamella. The rhythmic design approach extends to include the entrance desk, room numbers, signing and cabinet handles. Topping out at 130 meters, the buildings two penthouse floors include a conference centre, an innovation centre, a restaurant and a bar. Here, it was decided not to apply the oak timber lamella on the core. Instead, walnut lamella line the walls of the meeting rooms. The building core has a robust plaster finish with a touch of pearl.

The use of robust, warm and natural materials in addition to the single glazed partitions attributes to achieving a surprisingly homely and exceptionally comfortable atmosphere. The combination of contrasting materials makes the office feel chic and cool at the same time. The transparent and outspoken interior design instigates communication in a traditionally privacy oriented business.

Photography by Horizon Photoworks.