AVhuis is a user specific multi-tenant building
that clusters a working community around the
audio-visual industry. The building costs are extremely low whilst also offering a high level
of operational sustainability.
The brief for the AVhuis, a multi-tenant building specifically aimed at the Audio Visual industry, was to make a design that would maximize interaction and meeting opportunities between its tenants. Knowing that interaction stimulates knowledge development and encourages links between complementary business expertise, this strategy would contribute to the commercial and creative success of all individual offices. Thus, the AVhuis is also a business concept.
To meet this ambition, the building hosts a number of collective spaces and facilities. Some are specifically aimed at the Audio Visual industry like a studio, a preview room and a demo-reel library. Others are more general, such as a large meeting room, small pantries and a lunch area. All these facilities (except for the studio) are clustered in a volume located at the core of the building called ‘the Villa’. This volume also contains the vertical circulation system and sanitary facilities. Following the cliché that the most creative ideas do not emerge in an office but in a comfortable setting such as under the shower or laying on the couch, it was decided that some of this homey atmosphere would be introduced to the place where work is done. Therefore, in contrast with the office space the atmosphere in the Villa is informal and each function room has a different materialization. It allows tenants to virtually escape their office environment for a while and, as a result, meet others.