Design company VanBerlo was the initiator of the Innovation Powerhouse, and as such also the first tenant to take place in the new building. Their vision of open innovation, inspiration and connectivity was key in the design of the Innovation Powerhouse, and also in their own offices.
The design firm wanted an inspiring workspace, young, fresh, clean, raw industrial but with high quality. Clients should feel welcome, the staff at home, past projects visible, current trends showing and filled with inspiration. This resulted in a design where the communal space is the center of the design. Space where everything and everybody come to gather; an area for staff and visitors alike to collaborate, innovate and socialize. All the rooms connect to this space, which also houses an exhibition of market trends and past design products. The main staircase doubles as a mini theatre and impromptu meeting place. To arouse the character of open innovation and transparency, all the interior walls are made of glass, with only a few expectations there where some intimacy was required.
Meeting rooms and breakaway rooms allow staff to work intensively on projects together with clients, partners, and universities. There are spaces for informal sessions and presentations. Specially designed workshops and rooms for usability tests, hackathons, and scrum sessions. In contrast, the design team floors are calmer, white gray and some light woods, to give space to the products and idea’s themselves.