AVhuis is a user-specific, multi-tenant, low-cost and highly sustainable building that brings together people working in and around the audio-visual industry. Responding to a brief that called for maximum interaction and meeting opportunities between tenants, the building hosts a number of collective spaces and facilities. Some are specifically aimed at the audio-visual industry, including 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 emerge not in an office but in a comfortable setting – in the shower, for instance, or laying on the couch – the design introduced some of this homely atmosphere to the areas where work is done. In contrast to the traditional office space, the atmosphere in the Villa is informal and each function room has different materiality allowing tenants to escape the office environment for a while and, as a result, meet others. Meanwhile, such interaction also stimulates knowledge development and encourages links between complementary business expertise, thereby contributing to the commercial and creative success of each individual office.
Photography: Marcel van der Burg