Decos, Noordwijk designed by Inbo

Decos Technology Group headquarters by Inbo Architects

Dutch studio Inbo Architects designed these headquarters for a technology company in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, to look like a meteorite that dropped from the sky.

Decos, Noordwijk designed by Inbo

Located in a space science park, the Decos Technology Group headquarters are wrapped in a pale blue skin and bands of glazing.

Decos, Noordwijk designed by Inbo

The interior comprises a series of formal and informal meeting rooms, conference areas and lounges, with employees moving between flexible workstations.

Decos, Noordwijk designed by Inbo

Photographs are by Gerard van Beek.

Decos, Noordwijk designed by Inbo

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New headquaters Decos; a new step in office innovation.

This week the official opening of the new headquarters of the Decos Technology Group in Noordwijk (NL) will take place. It will initiate a new era for this international company having a custom-made workspace to encourage the use and apply their own innovative technologies.

Decos, Noordwijk designed by Inbo

The commission for the building was acquired by Inbo Architects from the Netherlands in a competition between renowned Dutch offices.

Decos, Noordwijk designed by Inbo

The new headquarters has been designed to symbolize the intangible cutting-edge technologies the company develops and uses, ensuring the leading position Decos has through their company's philosophy.

Decos, Noordwijk designed by Inbo

Systems for paperless environments and fleet management ensures personnel can work wherever they may be. This approach offered the designers an opportunity to fundamentally reconsider the office space and the way people work.

Decos, Noordwijk designed by Inbo

The building therefore has been adapted to accommodate all the fluctuations of occupation and variations of flexible spaces for working and meeting places, this contemporary way of working acquires. A braving ambition of the client has led to the realization of this very unique design and of an important personal dream.

Decos, Noordwijk designed by Inbo

The proposal of architects Jeroen Simons and Saxon-Lear Duckworth was to signify a prominent presence on location by transcribing their inspiration from the power of a meteorite impact. Motive was found in the surrounding context. Situated in the Space Business Park, adjacent to ESTEC-ESA, Decos will be amongst other affiliated companies besides the public divisions of the centre.

Decos, Noordwijk designed by Inbo

The concept of the meteorite refers to the space related activities carried out on the campus.

Decos, Noordwijk designed by Inbo

The building’s cladding, a smooth seamless ice-blue synthetic skin, cut through by continuous window-strips contributes to the effect of alienation and wonder. The site folds like a moonscape leaving a crater around the building.

Decos, Noordwijk designed by Inbo

The main feature is the experience of the skin recurring in the interior by partially detaching the floors from the skin, creating views to all levels.

Decos, Noordwijk designed by Inbo

The voids which are created make free views possible through the different open office floors. A transparent organization is the result. A solstice window works as a sundial which adds to the mystic and connects to the universe.

Decos, Noordwijk designed by Inbo

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At the grand opening on the 21st of June, at noon a beam of sunlight will shine down on a 4 billion year old meteorite, rooting the buildings’ position within the cosmos.

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No paper means no archiving cabinets or orders and employees with laptops can have flexible workstations. The interior comprises a selection of meeting rooms for long and short meetings, large and small. Some for standing up, lounging or spots for informal meeting, but also a large multi-functional conference room, coffee-corner, brainstorm space and a game room.

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A central strip in the building contain most of the meeting spaces, toilets elevator and other necessities. Stairs have been places in and near the voids to encourage the use of stairways and to enjoy the spatial effects of the skin.

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The new building is a daring and powerful statement answering the demands of the global operating company.

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Design: 2008-2010
Completion: May 2011
Surface: 2500 m2
Building sum: 2.840.000 euro
PROGRAM: Innovative office for IT company
CLIENT: Decos Technology Group, Paul Veger

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ARCHITECT: Inbo Rijswijk
PROJECT ARCHITECT: Jeroen Simons and Saxon-Lear Duckworth
PROJECT TEAM: Arnold Homan, Hans van Velzen, Erik Berg, Ben van der Wal, Arie de Jong
INTERIOR DESIGN: Ellis Kamerling, Oegstgeest (NL)
ENGINERING ADVISORS: Bartels, Veenendaal (structural), Nelissen, Eindhoven (installation)
(SUB)CONTRACTORS: Blanksma, Alphen a/d Rijn (Main contractor), KCN Coatings (Skin), Lobbezoo (Mechanical Installation), Lieftink (exterior glazing), Saint-Cobain (interior glazing)
LIGHTING & ELECTRICAL: Hofland (electrical) IGuzzini & Modular (lighting), PDL (data), Waasdorp (Security)