Schouw Informatisering, Etten-Leur


Etten-Leur, Netherlands
Schouw Informatisering
Year of completion:
2,500 m²
Biophilic Design
i29 interior architects (Interior Design)

An office for a fresh and professional identity with simultaneous interaction between customers and employees

For a leading IT company active in the food sector, i29 interior architects realized the interior design of a newly built office building by Bedaux de Brouwer Architects. Schouw Informatisering is a full-service IT partner for food companies, hosting a broad service of ERP related services. An internationally operating organization with over 150 employees with a passion for food and IT.

Hosting training courses for their customers and an in-house trainee program, the floor plan asked for a layout with lot's of meeting space and presentation rooms combined with working places in an open office environment. The theme for the interior was inspired by the company identity; a fresh and professional identity, as well as engagement with their clients and their own employees, creating an environment for ‘growth’.

To create different areas within the 2500 m2 work floor, i29 implemented workplaces in different tones of green and blue. Bold colored patterns in flooring are combined in matching colors and materials in the office furniture and acoustic wall panels.

To create optimal acoustic performance, large photographs are printed on soft acoustic walls which are also dividing the space. As a reference to the food industry, the images show agriculture aerial photos. The colorful images are in contrast to the stark white metal climate ceiling and walls covered with whiteboard panels.

In the middle of each office floor, a central hub is created including a coffee bar, pantry, printing room and meeting area to improve social interaction of the employees. A small office restaurant in fresh blue tones fluidly blends with the office environment and is also to be used for quick meetings. A large void with hanging plants above the entrance connects the ground floor with the first floor where the restaurant is situated.

The client’s high ambition on sustainability and the well being of his employees resulted in a office with maximum comfort and integration of the latest technology in lighting and climate control. In total nine large plant walls are spread through the office space. Thousands of plants provide oxygen and humidity to improve the air quality as well as contributing to the superb acoustics. They also refer to the design theme, intuitively referring to health, freshness and nature.