The customer-oriented rental company in Rotterdam
Xtra Materieel in Rotterdam is a company that rents out aerial platforms, among other things. They approached us with a question that presented a really great challenge for our design team. We put our heads together and found Columbus's egg a few times.
Making a video helped a lot with things falling into place during design and construction. There was an old sewing workshop, which had to be transformed into a head office, and it was very dark. Right where there was once a small staircase that went up, we made a large opening of ten by ten meters. This created a sea of space and light. In the meantime, we didn't want to lose sight of the robust, industrial character of the company. We created a really cool design, painted the white exterior walls a bright black and added yellow accents.
The employees were able to keep their privacy, but at the same time got a work space that was really open. From the office, you can now see what is happening outside: there is a fantastic view of the cranes, and you can already see the transporters arriving. The great thing about all of this is that we were able to work with a relatively low budget, which resulted in some really creative solutions. The people at Xtra Materieel have been telling us how proud they are now of their new premises. And we are too.
A really cool industrial building to be proud of, with more work space and light, and at the same time maintaining its privacy.