Commencement | Completion
2013 | 2014
The floor of the Holland House is divided into varying section that cater to different offices. These spaces allow for interaction between offices to encourage intercompany collaboration. This model allows for open work-spaces, in combination with more secluded spaces for meetings or appointments.
AULa imagines a series of varying volumes separating the space. These volumes function as curved, flowing bodies that create spaces with different qualities. The functional requirements of operating an office are integrated into these volumes. They offer, kitchen appliances, cabinets, exposition space and lighting.
AULa sees the volumes as a means of dividing the space, by acting as a body placed in the open space of the office. These bodies are inspired by the elegant form of a seagull.
The torso of the bird can be seen as the cabinet, in which the different functions find their place. The wings spread out, covering the workspaces and separating the different functions in the room. While the legs work to lift the volume off the ground, creating a plinth. The wings gradually change from a solid to a perforated material, while becoming thinner. In this way, the wings gently make the transition towards the ceiling.
The room dividers, seen in section, illustrate how the different functions can be integrated in the shape of the body. Cabinets used for exhibiting objects can be cut out of the shape, creating a niche. These niches can be illuminated with different colours, corresponding with its content.
Screens could be exposed on demand. Normally covered by the cabinet, it does not disturb the simplicity of the body. Only when needed, during a presentation of example, you can open the cabinet and use the screens.