Logo, Glossy, Glotis
A reconversion of a typewriter manufacturer 'Olympia' into an IT plant,
Groot-Bijgaarden (Belgium) "feathers with some grotto effects"_R.G.Cone/J.Derrida
The degree of glamour within an IT-enterprise is high: auditorium, executive conference room, demo room, walking buffet, landscape offices, fitness facilities, unisex toilettes, domotica, high-tech engineering. Therefore we have scraped off the existing building to the bone, to the modernist logo, in order to match it with a glossy interior. We excessively used dividing walls in glass, glass in the floor, bookcases behind mirror walls, liquid crystal glass (from transparent to diffuse with [...]a push on the button), marble.
The most critical intervention however was the insertion of the auditorium in the existing structure. We came up with the idea of the grotto, thinking of the echo of words sounding between its walls, and dug out the underground beneath the existing building in order to fit in the double high hall. As an aside extra parkings were created. Together with the radical opening up of the existing building the idea popped up also to create 30 extra parking places on top of the rear part of the building. Rather have an envelope, a foil, a folly on top than a half-hearted face-lift is the motto then.