Indes – a Visiting Card for designers
In between the TU Twente and the soccer stadium the Science Park Twente is situated nearby the train station. Most buildings in this park are dull and mindless. The original ambition to create an attractive area did not succeed.
Indes is an industrial design firm that designs highly technical appliances. The firm wished for a building that would suit that status: smart, user-friendly and a strong identity.
The design combines all this information. It is a noticeable and independent object as a visiting card for the firm. Besides it reacts on the environment and gives the users many possibilities.
The open workspace is the central issue of this office design. All design studios are in direct contact with a central void situated in the high part at the side of the railway. Service space such as toilets and storage are situated in the middle zone being the spine of the low part. Mobile furniture regulates the flexible use of the building.
The building has an efficient scheme that does not result in a static plan. It communicates with the environment by showing its users through lighting effects and projections. At the same time it shows what happens in the area.
Although the form of the building contributes to the distinguishability it mainly signifies an energetic purpose. The high space causes a natural draft in order to carry away the ventilated air. An additional heat pump that extracts energy from the soil both heats and cools the building