Connection by creating a central heart for Royal Auping

DesignerOdette Ex
PrizeHonorable Mention
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Entry Description

For the new head offices for Royal Auping in Deventer, Ex Interiors designed a special cradle to cradle interior in which both the heritage and the creativity of the business has been expressed. In order to create connection, Auping acquired office premises adjacent to the factory. Instead of the desired aerial walkway between the factory and the office, we suggested giving the connection stature by creating a ‘central heart’, with a restaurant annexe meeting area both for the factory workers and for the office staff. With a limited budget left, the adjacent office was transformed into an energetically inspiring work studio. A significant aspect was to dare to mention that the office was ‘ugly’. We spend our energy to embrace the ugliness and reuse the existing interior elements and provided them with C2C concrete paint. We suggested to style the areas with materials (fabrics, mattress covers, bedsprings) from their own production.

About Designer

Odette Ex, a designer and Interior Architect, founded Ex Interiors in 1994. Since then Ex Interiors BV has developed into a prominent, nationally operating interior architect agency, with a professional team of designers and interior architects. Ex Interiors recognises the importance of sustainable interiors. Ex Interiors BV works for a varied group of clients, spread across the disciplines of Sustainability, Healthcare, Education, Offices, Activity Based Working, Retail, Hotel and Hospitality industry and private individuals. Since 1994, Ex Interiors has worked on a diversity of projects. As the founder and Architect Director, Odette Ex is involved as the project architect in all the assignments carried out by the agency as a team. Her activities vary from concept development, project architect, designer, project leader, construction manager, supervisor and policy maker to inspirer and visionary. A selection of her projects are Royal Auping in Deventer, Triodosbank in Zeist, NPO in Hilversum, University of Utrecht, Highschool of Amsterdam, the Melkfabriek in Hilversum, Goodman in Brussels, Achmea Campus in Apeldoorn, TNT Centre in Hoofddorp, Philips High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, Leiden University, various residences, Royal Visio in Huizen. For a full overview of our projects, please refer to our website.