Red Bull Amsterdam’s ‘Shipping Yard’ Office [25 pics]
Selected over two other firms, Sid Lee Architecture was hired to create Red Bull Amsterdam’s new headquarters. Red Bull wanted a headquarters that would capture the ‘true spirit’ of the brand. The chosen location was a former shipping yard (complete with a docked submarine) in the North side of Amsterdam’s port area.
Duality is the overarching theme behind the office’s design. Jean Pelland, lead design architect and senior partner at Sid Lee Architecture remarks:
“To design the inner space, we aimed at retrieving Red Bull’s philosophy, dividing spaces according to their use and spirit, to suggest the idea of the two opposed and complementary hemispheres of the human mind, reason versus intuition, arts versus the industry, dark versus light, the rise of the angel versus the mention of the beast.”
Situated inside the former shipbuilding factory’s three adjacent bays, this duality can be seen in every detail of the interior. The result is a design that is both ambitious and ambiguous.
First spotted on ArchDaily (the best architecture site online IMO), this post is part of an ongoing series profiling office spaces of famous companies around the world. Previously featured offices include Google and Twitter.
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