Accommodation and facade concepts, development of office and food service interiors
In 2010 the NRC began to search for a new location. The newspaper wished to move from its current location - an anonymous building beside the freeway - and find a new place in the middle of the city, where the newspaper and its readers could come together. The Jaap Dijkman office was asked to advise the NRC in the choice of a new location. Many cities were considered. The former Options Exchange building in Amsterdam was situated superbly in the city centre, but as it stood the building was insufficient for the needs of a modern office building; it was especially insufficient to accommodate the NRC, as it had a closed facade and the storeys were small and cramped.
After a preliminary investigation, the Jaap Dijkman office developed solutions to these problems. A large atrium in the heart of the building compensates for the confined dimensions of the storeys, and the large, empty space binds the different floors of the office together. This was a revolution in newspaper office design, because the traditional separation between the publishing and journalistic divisions was abolished. The office can now function as a single large office space, where all the separate departments can easily come in contact with one another.
The prefab facade of the existing building concealed a sound concrete construction. The suggestion of the Dijkman office was to remove this prefab facade and replace it with a light, transparent facade of glass. In that way, the 50,000 pedestrians on the Rokin that would pass the building each day would get a glimpse of how a great newspaper is made.
The café-restaurant on the Rokin is the interface between the paper and the public. It has a debating space and an area behind a glass wall where editorial meetings can take place. In this manner the newspaper and the reader may come into contact in any variety of ways.
completion: end of 2012
commissioned by: NRC Media