|Installation m²:||1,218 m²|
Sustainable services: TacTiles™
“It is a space where lots of telephone calls are made and people walk about a lot, but also where you roll your office chair. The good thing about soft flooring is that it causes less noise pollution from your colleagues.”
The genuine ‘Flanderijn feeling’
The head office of Flanderijn, one of the longest-running collection agencies and bailiff organisations in the Netherlands is located in Rotterdam. Due to limited space, the current office premises have been expanded by constructing a new building consisting of three levels adjacent to the current location. Interior designer Marijke Schipper was involved in the interior design of this new building.
What is exceptional about the extension to the existing Flanderijn office building is that sustainable materials were chosen for both the building construction as well as the interior. The construction materials included natural stone, wood and bricks. The decision in favour of an Interface carpet for the new building was easily made: on the one hand, the existing building already had Interface carpet flooring, with the designs of Dunes, Forest, Sea and Heather; on the other hand, the Interface carpet has a sustainable character, which closely matches the Interface carpet tiles.
Ms Schipper was adamant that the new building should have soft flooring. “Soft flooring provides a feeling of comfort that is essential for a space which already contains many metal cupboards and desks. It is of course the place where the majority of staff members will spend most of their time; therefore you have to feel relaxed and comfortable. Soft flooring is also important for the acoustics. It is a space where many calls are made and people walk about a lot, but also where you roll your office chair. The good thing about soft flooring is that it causes less noise pollution from your colleagues,” says Marijke Schipper.
Marijke Schipper started with the floor when designing the interior of the space. “I always consider the floor as the starting point for my projects as it affects the entire space: this is because good flooring with the right appearance shows your true intentions. I chose to keep the current building’s themes and carry them over to the new building, but on a more modest scale. This gives a pleasing effect when people enter the new area from the stairwell. I was able to view the different flooring collections at the Interface showroom in Scherpenzeel. I was surprised by the latest designs; their appearance provide added value and overall, they matched the wishes of the client perfectly. Once the flooring had been selected, I made sure the materials for the furniture matched the flooring. It was important to be harmonious with the existing themes, but thanks to the various shades in the carpet, I was able to find some pleasing combinations. I was able to consistently carry though my concept of the natural themes and this concept can be found in the various offices and meeting areas, as well as in the canteen and toilets.”
The result, which the daily users of the building are enthusiastic about, is a comfortable, peaceful working environment. The staff members feel at home and this has a positive effect on the atmosphere and productivity. A genuine ‘Flanderijn feeling’.