program: offices, conference & event spaces
area: 1.100 m2
client: Steengoed BV, Ton Van Oosten, Dirk Van Den Esschert, Pim Hermeling
design: allard architecture, Hercuton BV
collaborators: Steengoed BV
contractor: Hercuton BV
photography: Hercuton BV, Iris Bergman
XITE is a young music television station with a target age range from 13 to 29. Not only is Xite a young company, founded in 2008, but it prides itself in its modern collaborative work ethic. By designing an office layout similar to a venn-diagram, each division (directie, content, marketing, and technology) has its own bubble that the merges with both its neighboring division, on its sides, and with all divisions, at the center. At a larger scale, the complex is split into two office buildings flanking an outdoor garden. Both buildings open out towards the garden, creating a public gathering space and helping to bring natural light into the offices. The result is a casual, transparent and flexible working area. Both office buildings are designed to optimize natural light intake to match all program elements, including the third floor multifunction space. This floor is unique in that its light wooden construction, which opens out to the terrace, creates a cozy atmosphere where both clients and employees can enjoy the kitchen, café, and event/meeting area.