Lori Zimmer

Space-Age Paperless Dutch Office Resembles a Fallen Meteor

by , 06/24/11
filed under: Architecture, gallery



green design, eco design, sustainable design, Inbo Architects, space age, natural lighting, paperless office, flexible workspace, Netherlands

Each side of the aerodynamic building has angled surfaces of varying heights, with wall-to-wall windows on each level. The strips of windows follow the bends of each surface, letting in daylight at different angles. The open interior has balcony floors that line each wall but are detached from the exterior, allowing for natural light from each floor to illuminate the entire inside.

Inbo designed the building to meet the company’s goal of creating a comfortable working environment. Each floor offers flexible, open areas that can adapt to the company’s needs, and the plan also includes coffee shops and even a game room. The company’s paperless policy means that all workers will need to use laptops instead of desktop computers, so comfortable work stations are situated throughout the floor for ease and convenience. Cabinets, files and printers are absent – they have been replaced with pillows and comfortable chairs.

The futuristic design of Inbo’s exterior and interior is a perfect match for the client’s futuristic take on a modern office environment.

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4 Comments

  1. squarecat June 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Maybe someone can educate me otherwise, but it seems that design would create a great deal of unusable space.

    And it looks less like a meteorite and more like cubist vision of cruise ship.

  2. soliferi June 26, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    computers are becoming less toxic so as technology progresses I think it will be better, especially using renewable energy. As far as the plantations and paper production I’m pretty sure the whole process requires alot of pollution (trucks and factories etc.) and it’s a constant requirement. What they do with the land is another thing but I can only blindly hope that it would be posetive :\

  3. feline74 feline74 June 22, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Why does paperless = laptops? ‘Desktop’ computers could just as easily be built into workstations with no space for paperwork. Given their evident concern for their workers’ comfort, such a scheme would probably work better.

  4. lazyreader June 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Everyone cites the paperless office as an example of environmentalism. But computers are made of a lot of toxic substances and we’re worried about paper? We also thought rather highly of computers, but when they first became a bigger part of offices, it increased paper usage 4 times over in the last 20 years. The demand for paper encourages the demand for trees and the planting of new ones. Paper companies will sell off lands to compensate for their losses and those companies that bought it may be developers interested in building condos so we’ll see fewer tree lands. You want more trees, waste more paper!!!

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