Office 05
Friday 22 Aug 2014


Following a successful collaboration on social workplace Combiwerk, i29 interior architects and VMX Architect have once again joined forces seamlessly integrating architecture and interior design. For media agency MediaXplain, an industrial building with a compliant bold interior is realised in de Houthavens, at the old Port of Amsterdam.

At present the area is rapidly transforming into a residential and working area. This interface between the old and new city and the harbour is reflected in the design for the building. VMX Architects took full advantage of the location's view of the water and docks with a completely open façade achieved using large glass windows set at an angle (as in a ship's wheelhouse) to cancel out reflections.

i29's interior also refers to the industrial origin of the area. The designers created an open plan office with a large space at the centre of the building. Following the building's skeleton with its raw concrete walls, i29 proposed an interior with matching materials. This includes the use of rough oak wood,  black surface walls and furniture, custom designed concrete carpets, grey acoustic ceilings and a large industrial staircase to connect both office floors.

Large oak wood desks accommodate the employees overlooking the port at the front. A strip of private offices, meeting rooms, print area and kitchen is placed at the back. Along the full width of the building a corridor finished in black connects the different areas. Seen from the main office area, this corridor operates as a cinema with large projection walls for the display of digital work, referring to the client's activities as a media agency.

It is this integration of both the industrial environment as well as the client's identity as a media agency tells a conceptual story about the company, the space and its users.