We Go Dutch "Office IMd" by Ector Hoogstad Architecten
Recycling at the top
An old steal warehouse build in 1951 in Rotterdam South. Is converted by Ector Hoogstad Architecten into the new office of IMd Consulting Engineers, filled with plastic bridges, potted trees and picnic benches. The hall itself is left entirely in the old state. All new premises are installed and used as separate, air conditioned units. The shed itself functions as a result in to a not acclimatised mega-cleft space.
In the 1200 m2 hall, Ector Hoogstad placed some consultation and conference rooms housed, but also a restaurant, a small auditorium and there are few trees. Clients Pim Peters and Jim Wiltjer are more than satisfied: “If recycling really happens is the ultimate quality than it is better than new construction. That is the motto in our work.
Reuse of existing buildings is in practice not always financially achievable. It is relatively expensive for an old building to chance it in to the current requirements. IMd therefore decided not to address the whole building, but to all the offices in ‘individual’ units to accommodate. These new build additions meet all requirements necessary. Of course the hall as a whole responds to the standards of fire safety and structural safety.
Word from Clients Pim Peters and Jim Wiltjer; “EHA has the contrast between new and existing a kind of spatial “tension” that applied to new construction would be inaccessible. It is very difficult to put into words what that means for the working atmosphere. But that is different than a standard office, which is better, more stimulating too, that we experience every day. “
Story by: Gabriëlle Voogt