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Working with Modernism: Interface has re-energized a building by Mies van der Rohe in Krefeld.
6/12/2017
Interface combines showroom and office in the former gatehouse of the Mies van der Rohe business park in Krefeld.
Interface combines showroom and office in the former gatehouse of the Mies van der Rohe business park in Krefeld.

Yes, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed a building in Krefeld. Namely the sole industrial building he ever made, realized on behalf of Vereinigte Seidenwebereien in 1930-1. Interface, the world’s largest manufacturer of contract carpet tiles, has now chosen the former porter’s lodge in the Mies van der Rohe Business Park for its Germany head office. In order to transform the premises with their 650 square meters of space into both offices with a pleasant working atmosphere and an appropriate showroom, all the dividing walls were removed and the building returned to its original state.

The building’s interior architecture takes its cue from the principle of “Biophilic Design” – this holistic concept is destined to ensure a healthy working climate in the offices and focuses on how humans must be connected to nature and the environment. In practical terms this means, an open communicative office with no specific desk allocation, flexible sections for meetings and events, as well as spaces to which people can withdraw to work in peace and quiet. Moreover, sporty elements such as punch padding, wall bars, gymnastic rings and even a skipping carpet (courtesy of Interface of course) are all meant to encourage the staff to move. Natural elements such as a plant and climate water wall connecting the ground floor with the basement ensure a pleasant ambient atmosphere. Throughout the premises, the flooring includes carpet tiles from Interface’s Composure, Equal Measure and Human Nature collections; the surfaces not only bring a dash of color and variation to the rooms, but also enhance acoustics and define specific zones. Anyone wishing to view the atmosphere for themselves and cast a glance in the new offices can do so, as the new Interface head office doubles up as a showroom – and you can visit it by prior appointment. (am)

Sporty elements such as punch padding, wall bars, gymnastic rings and even a skipping carpet are designed to promote the people's sense of movement.
Sporty elements such as punch padding, wall bars, gymnastic rings and even a skipping carpet are designed to promote the people's sense of movement.
Instead of fixed jobs, the open office provides flexible sections as well as retreats for tasks that require high concentration.
Instead of fixed jobs, the open office provides flexible sections as well as retreats for tasks that require high concentration.
The building’s interior architecture takes its cue from the principle of “Biophilic Design” – this holistic concept is destined to ensure a healthy working climate in the offices
The building’s interior architecture takes its cue from the principle of "Biophilic Design” – this holistic concept is destined to ensure a healthy working climate in the offices.
Natural elements such as a plant and climate water wall connecting the ground floor with the basement ensure a pleasant ambient atmosphere.
Natural elements such as a plant and climate water wall connecting the ground floor with the basement ensure a pleasant ambient atmosphere.
The one-storey flat-roofed building at the Mies van der Rohe Business Park was built under the supervision of the Bauhaus pupil and architect Erich Holthoff.
The one-storey flat-roofed building at the Mies van der Rohe Business Park was built under the supervision of the Bauhaus pupil and architect Erich Holthoff.
In order to transform the 650 square meters of space from the former porter’s lodge in its original space, all the dividing walls were removed.
In order to transform the 650 square meters of space from the former porter’s lodge in its original space, all the dividing walls were removed.

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