Brandbase Pallets by Most Architecture


Brandbase Pallets by Most Architecture

Dutch firm Most Architecture have created this temporary office from wooden pallets for an Amsterdam advertising company.

Brandbase Pallets by Most Architecture

The project for advertising agency BrandBase sits in a narrow Dutch canal house that runs 27 metres deep.

Brandbase Pallets by Most Architecture

Whitewashed walls contrast with lighting, fittings and banisters all finished in black.

Brandbase Pallets by Most Architecture

In the main room two long tables and a central walkway formed from disused pallets run from end-to-end.

Brandbase Pallets by Most Architecture

A staircase made from pallets leads up to the manager's office with a presentation room behind glass walls.

Brandbase Pallets by Most Architecture

To the rear of the office a studio has white desks and ceiling-hung wires servicing each workstation.

Brandbase Pallets by Most Architecture

All photographs are by Rogier Jaarsma.

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A temporary furnishment for the new office location combined with the explicit wish to furnish the space with an authentic, recycable material, gave creative director Marvin Pupping and MOST Architecture the idea to use Euro-pallets for this particular design. The pallet structure; an open, autonomous landscape that gradually changes its character, facilitates all parts of the office.

Brandbase Pallets by Most Architecture

The pallet structure is designed in such a way that besides being merely a workplace, the entire element invites you to stand, sit or lay down on the pallets. This open office concept was created to suit the creative advertising agency, with an additional, informal atmosphere.

Brandbase Pallets by Most Architecture

The existing building on the Brouwersgracht, downtown Amsterdam, is an archetypical Dutch canalhouse; a narrow, 27 meters deep space, with a back area that is divided by split level. Because of this, the concept for this dynamic company was organised along the longitudinal axis. And because of BrandBase’s specialty, it was mandatory to include new media. From the very start of the project, the design development as well as its execution, had followers from all over the world through the project’s Facebook page.

Brandbase Pallets by Most Architecture

The design concept, an open autonomous landscape, consists of 3 layers. The first layer, the existing space was used as a starting position and painted completely white, to provide a homogeneous base for the pallet structure. The pallets itself create a structure that slowly changes its character accommodating all parts of the office.Finally, the third layer in the design contains additions to the pallet structure like light fixtures, staircase banisters and the furniture; which are all done in black. The structure is not dictating, rather facilitating.

Brandbase Pallets by Most Architecture

The open character is enhanced by dispositioning the pallets both directions over a 20 cm grid. The pallet structure unites the whole space, covering the whole depth of the building in one single movement.The design can loosely be divided into four zones: The entrance area, the staircase area, the split level area and the studio area, in the back of the ground floor. Entrance area: coming in, the pallet structure welcomes its visitors with open arms, created by two rows of desks, providing a total of eight working units on two different levels. Visitors walk onto the pallet structure like a catwalk, surrounded by BrandBase employees. Staircase area: the working units in the entrance area make way for a staircase that is divided in two part; the formal part with its steps and banisters and a more informal part, where stacked pallets provide for a place to hang-out.

Split level area: reaching the upper floor, the staircase transforms into the management premises, with a combined presentation- and meeting room. Here, the four desks are designed more independently. Subsequently the pallet structure, separated by a transparant wall with translucent doors, develops into the presentation room with its seating element that  accommodates guests during presentations. In front of this, a huge movable boardroom table, made of pallets. The studio area: the rear part of the ground floor was dealt with in a totally different way. The efficient positions of the white desks are connected with the pallet structure through black wires, which hang along the ceiling from the staircase to the desks and servers like lianas.

Brandbase Pallets by Most Architecture

MOST Architecture  is an office led by Paul Geurts (aged 32) and Saxon-Lear Duckworth (aged 30). For over a year they have been working together intensively on several design assignments. Their first collaboration immediately resulted in a longlist nomination for the Prix the Rome 2010, the oldest art prize of the Netherlands, for their design called ‘The Great Green Escape’. Furthermore, the office work on a spectrum of competitions and assignments, ranging from interior designs to architectural projects and urban strategies. Their architecture is characterised by clear analysis, providing cutting-edge contemporary challenges with powerfull sollutions. BrandBase specialises in exceptional projects, mainly around Brand Activation. This is the integration of all available communication means into a creative platform to activate consumers. In other words: advertising new style. Putting a brand in the spotlights, using all means in the most creative and innovative way possible. This is what BrandBase does, mainly for multinationals like Shell, ING, Schiphol and Friesland Campina.

Brandbase Pallets by Most Architecture

Architects: MOST Architecture
Location: Rotterdam
Client: BrandBase bv.
Location: Brouwersgracht 246, Amsterdam

Brandbase Pallets by Most Architecture

Design: May 2010
Completion: July 2010
Number of pallets: 270 pieces
Surface: 245 m2
Building sum: 50.000 euro

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Posted on Thursday October 7th 2010 at 4:31 pm by Joe Mills. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • roberto

    wow dutch! who would have guessed?!

  • Nigel

    power cords look unresolved and lame

  • 50.000€ for an hole office! its realy not much money! respect.

  • dzia


  • super idea

  • Agustín

    Love the concept! Looks too busy in places – the stair-step desk supports and the stairs could have been cleaner…pallets have a lot going on. I thought the exhibition (^) was more successful. I love that you used the inside of the stacked pallets as shelves for your study models.

  • that just rocks

  • Mr. White

    I am waiting to see the face of the person who has to clean that..

    • ohtwo

      Ha! Exactly what I was thinking.

  • Alexandra Campbell Interiors

    Great concept! I dont really buy that these pallets are used though…

    • agree, pallet composition is clearly bespoke and far too clean.

  • hdxtst

    It works for a temporaly office as assigned & in budget. the size of the module is perfect for furnitures at work places.

    Also, my regards to the carpenters, the anonymous heroes that had to level each 270 palletes.

    I'm thinking to transport the idea for an office at a construction site.

  • Geoff

    good idea, but may not meet work safety requirements. especially the staircase.

  • Gunnar Á.

    Palletts mania in a good way

  • Lizzie

    Dumb idea. New pallets are toxic in closed environments thanks to chemicals like fire retardants, insecticides etc.

    Unless of course they aren't real pallets and only made to LOOK like pallets. But in that case, then all of this would have been a gimmick, right? A gimmick that had "followers from all over the world through the project’s Facebook page."


  • jannice

    awsome,, all expensive things isn't for interior design. it depends on how we recreate usleless stuffs. This is an representative example for reusage.

  • Lizzie it correct in what she says; still the concept is good and is, if nothing else, thought provoking.

  • mark

    Great idea, great concept – now you will only need a forklift when sweeping the floor …

  • That looks fantastic! That is what I call recycle, reduce, reuse!

  • I like the concept… but knowing the advertising industry, my main concern is that the advertisers will suffer from a lack of inspiration!

  • susie

    it is interesting …..however… pallets are used to move goods by truck, anything from meat, toxins, baby food, electronics the problem is you never know… hardly fire-rated. As a designer i like the rustic structure, as a contractor i know its impossible to get a stamp and finally as someone in the trucking industry i wouldnt want it in my home or business.

  • Ladislav Kubo

    "Cool" glass tabletops with their thin sharp edges must be dreadfully ergonomical …

  • tony