Cool offices: The Municipality of Rotterdam’s new headquarters
Design firms Group A, Studio Makkink & Bey and Roukens + Van Gils were jointly responsible for the interior design of The Municipality of Rotterdam’s new headquarters, spread over 33 floors in the central block of the skyscraper.
The offices are organised so the 22nd-floor reception hall and the 21st-floor restaurant form the “city centre”, while work spaces, meeting areas and concentration rooms spread across the building are coined as “neighbourhoods”.
The metaphor is extended to areas with specific purposes – such as conference rooms, lounge areas, quiet zones and service facilities – which are designed as the “city squares” and “parks”.
“A ‘street naming committee’ and poet Rien Vroegindewij have collaborated to give each special floor a name based on the title of a poem or a segment from a poem,” said the designers.
The majority of the furniture has been reused from the municipality’s previous offices. Seats are reupholstered in a fabric from Danish brand Kvadrat, featuring a pattern of Rotterdam’s street names designed by artist Andre Castro.
“In order to create unity of style in the work environment, all of the desks have been fitted with two white side panels, which are connected by a large acoustic screen,” said the designers’ statement. “This gave the old desks a new frame.”