Metis is an IT company that thinks that IT should support people, especially in their work. We in turn could support Metis in their work by creating a new office landscape.
Metis’ logo and house-style are based on Tangram, an age-old Chinese game. The idea behind this is that with individual components a whole can be created that works perfectly. With the seven geometric shapes of Tangram you can make an unlimited number of different silhouettes.
Metis’ former location was fairly anonymous. In our view, their own identity could be emphasized much more, and for this we could incorporate the colours from the logo and the house-style in our design. It became a powerful whole which was designed quite out-of-the-box. In places where encounters are central, you will find the strongest colours. In places where work is central, the design is more subdued. But everywhere, the interplay of lines is the guiding principle.
Incidentally, one condition was set at the start of our project: the concrete should be maintained as much as possible. It looks sturdy, but is also a considerable challenge as to acoustics. We solved this by placing a large stretcher frame against the core, which improved acoustics considerably. The new office landscape of Mentis became a welcoming hub in which consultants can get together or work in a flexible way and regular employees were given a permanent place.
Photographer: Chiela van Meerwijk