Dutch creative digital agency dpdk has recently redesigned their office located in a 1930’s historical building in Rotterdam’s old shipping quarter. The agency has been based in this location since 2010, however their constant growth demanded a big renovation. Expanding from 3 levels to 5, dpdk offices now occupy the entire building.
Along the many years of renovations, the building’s original features such as the high ceilings, stained glass and a unique light well have been hidden instead of celebrated. dpdk has brought back these features and complemented them with contemporary details, creating a unique blend of tradition and innovation.
dpdk took advantage of the existing location of the light well and connected the 1st floor to the ground level through a broad staircase at the back of the building. The new addition lets light from the light well pour into both floor.
Details of Rotterdam’s heritage were implemented throughout the building including a custom reception desk featuring old ‘Rotterdam design’ tiles. 17th century tiles were brought back to life by digitizing the original designs and screen-printing them on brand new tiles.
The office incorporates several studio spaces on each floor, each featuring unique custom designed wall graphics and full cork walls that double up as huge pin-up boards. The work desks have all been placed central to encourage collaboration and create an informal work environment.
Several informal meeting spaces have been placed throughout the building, each featuring a different style. The casual areas reveal a fun work environment with cozy elements that step away from the typical corporate identity.
One of the largest informal meeting spaces is the lunch & coffee area, inspired by the feel of the team’s favourite coffee bars.
dpdk has transformed the 1930’s building into a fun work environment without losing the defining traditional features of the building.
Location: Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Year completed: 2015
*All images and information courtesy of dpdk.