Commissioned by Amsterdam developer and investor Millten, Dutch design and architecture studio Ninetynine has designed the new head office of VICE Media Benelux. The new offices are located in a former bank building on the Reguliersdwarsstraat in Amsterdam and will accommodate over 50 employees.
Originally, the building was heavily segmented in separate spaces. The ground floor was opened up as much as possible to maximise the lines of sight and a large mezzanine was created to connect the ground floor and basement. It accommodates the reception, a chill-out area, a pantry with coffee corner and the boardroom.
The entrance hall is surrounded by a glass wall, making all of the spaces immediately visible upon entering the building. Long desktops along the wall accommodate flexible work spaces during the day and function as a bar in the evenings. A vintage lounge area with TV screen provides an accommodation for informal meetings and presentations.
The ground floor and basement are connected by means of raw steel stairs, consisting of two parts with a landing that connects both storeys to the studio halfway. The studio can be closed off from the other spaces by means of a raw steel garage door, and can be used either for meetings or for photo and video shoots. It includes a seating areas and the required film and photo lamps.
The other levels have been kept as open as possible with the exception of two central blocks: one block that includes the stairwell and lift, and one that accommodates the sanitary facilities. The open areas have been set up as work spaces with large multiform tables that are shared by the employees. The meeting rooms have been separated from the general areas by means of glass walls, and the third floor features eight editing suites. This is a multifunctional, flexible and stimulating office, perfect for the employees of this fast-growing media brand.