program: 22 business units & restaurant
area: 6.400 m2
client: Pand Noord 3 BV
design: allard architecture
project management: Meijer & Co
consultants: DGMR Raadgevende Ingenieurs BV, La Rotonda, Thermos Installatietechniek BV, De Blaauw
structural engineer: Van Rossum BV
The Matchbox office complex, built specifically to accommodate companies working within the creative industry, houses 22 corporate units, a rooftop restaurant and semi-underground parking in the artistic hub of Amsterdam north.
The rotated units, or modules, include simple full height windows, framed with black borders like a strip of film negatives.
In order to create a playful façade, each module is individually angled and stacked one on top of each other. This allows each company to have their own individual space. A central atrium in the center of the building serves as circulation and has a garden that allows companies to connect and interact. Thus, the atrium forms the spine of the building that promotes horizontal and vertical network building and ventilation.