Robust, industrial and comfortable. Those were the keywords which inspired the design for the new office of OC&C Strategy Consultants, a Rotterdam based consulting firm. Located directly next to the river ‘de Maas’. In the design rough concrete columns and rafters are contrasted with a crisp high-end finish which transformed the top floors of the neglected ‘Dutch Bank’ building – a listed monument – into the pleasant new offices for OC&C strategy Consultants.

The use of raw, pure and honest materials, simple line rhythms and special detailing on different scale levels reflect the attention to the history of the building (Timo Zwiers 1955) and its site without having an over-designed feel. Due to the neutral colourscheme of the interior design the art collection of OC&C stands out as in a gallery-like setting.

The rugged Rotterdam harbor atmosphere and reuse run like a common thread through the design. A counter made from reclaimed HEA600-beam beams from Dutch bridges extends from the open office lounge towards the entrance; and the tabletops on the upper floor are made from reclaimed timber, once used for coal transport matching with the Concord Armchair and Moon light chair designed for Capdell by Claesson Koivisto Rune and Gabriel Teixidó respectively.

Architects; Fokkema & Partners

Country; The Netherlands

Photography; Ruben Visser