Our interior and architectural design for Teijin Aramid creates a chemistry between user and space, but also between history and future. Through uniting the history of the former chemical industrial park and Teijin’s identity, we created a new generation workplace where new energy is released. Teijin Aramid is one of the main tenants at the Chemical Campus of Arnhem. Right next to Akzo Nobel, Rijnijssel college and many other smaller companies. This new work environment is a transformation of an old lab environment right next to the production facility of Teijin.
Apto Architects has transformed the former lab of Teijin Aramid into a workspace of 6.000 sqm.
Blending history and future
The massive low volume with red brickwork associates to the pre-war Enka factory that was the driver of the industrial growth of the area. The high volume, radiating light and transparency, contrasts with the low volume and its grid refers more to the architecture that was used for the terrain around the 1950’s. The grid has been manipulated in such a way that it perfectly blends with the functionality of the interior and the diversity of the user.
The reuse of the existing shell in combination with the creation of a functional office grid, asked for smart solutions for the facade. Through developing several standard facade modules that fit both grids, a dynamic facade was created. In combination with a variety in vertical lines to effortlessly connect to the interior, a modern appearance without any visible recurrence has been created, while still remaining affordable.
A hybrid workplace
The new work environment of Teijin stimulates knowledge sharing and collaborating, but at the same time provides any employee his own space to focus. All floors have different layouts, but the same principles. A vibrant core for vertical transportation, suited for informal meetings and coffee time. A membrane hosting numerous different options for video calls, focus, small trainbooth meetings and larger meeting spaces. The membrane is surrounded with work spots with an open and enclosed character. Thes places are situated around the areas of the building with the most daylight. On the first floor the central meeting center is located and directly connected to the restaurant. The restaurant is suited and equipped to have meeting all day long or just work for yourselve. The experience center and welcome area are located at the ground floor showing all the impact on the daily lives of businesses, society and people of their Aramid product. The stairs leading to the first floor is fabricated of the fibers of Teijin Aramid. In close collaboration with Holland composites we made this stairs look like flying.