rentable space conversion
BNP Parisbas IJsseltoren
Bs;bp was asked to convert the 1st floor of IJsseltoren into rentable space and design a reception area for all tenants, including a shared lunch room. While also ensuring ABN AMRO Bank remained a satisfied stakeholder, as principle occupant of the building. During the design process bs;bp connected directly with owners, tenants and users.
We made it a point to gain stakeholder buy-in by communicating our plans through various presentations and models. Throughout, we kept an open mind to absorb changes in budget and address the principle tenant’s requirements.
We implemented various solutions for pinpointed challenges. We created a division for the public-facing floor with meeting rooms, team rooms and reception on the first floor. And quiet working areas as well a central well-lit café area on the second floor.
To create a physical and visceral connection between the two floors we proposed to create a void from the reception with a connecting staircase as there was no direct connection between the two floors. The use of Di-chroic film was a first for us. We strategically placed it in some areas but after the first test on site the client loved it so much that they applied it to all the interiors glass partitions!
In addition to unlocking a surprising amount of rentable space for the client, bs;bp improved the atmosphere of the building for all tenants. Users enjoy “a place away from work, while at work” where they can relax, connect, organise events, host meetings and be inspired.
“We believe that a well-designed space can improve our clients’ productivity and revenue. Bs;bp understands this. Their creative yet pragmatic approach helped us to unlock 800 m2 of rentable space in a premium part of the building.”
– Sake Pleiter, BNP Parisbas Real Estate
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