At the beginning of 2020, the world was startled by a pandemic. As long as the COVID-19 virus has taken hold of our society, companies are forced to let their employees work from home. And although social contacts are of course missed, the realization quickly arises that the majority of employees also function well from home. An additional advantage is that the loss of commuter traffic leaves more time for other time uses.
A good working environment must be inspiring, healthy, green, sustainable and timeless. - M+R interior architecture
The corona crisis proves once again that social and societal developments not only have a major impact on our daily lives, but especially also on the way we do our work. Attracting and retaining talent is currently more important and challenging than ever. In addition, it is good to know that employees attach great importance to the relationship with their employer. They want to be part of a team and take pride in working for an attractive and successful company.
The dividing line between work and private life is blurring
The trend is that the dividing line between work and private life is becoming increasingly blurred. The world is at our feet thanks to the internet, mail and social media. We can do our work anytime, anywhere and receive information and news 24/7. Channeling this information and interpreting it correctly is very important, also for companies. Because how do we protect our organization, know-how and employees? And how do we distinguish ourselves from the rest?
Freedom, autonomy, creativity
In the case of Pension fund PGB, this distinctive character lies in a modernized, fresh and multifunctional office. M+R interior architecture was engaged for the design. The renovated building offers freedom and autonomy, but also plenty of room for creative possibilities. The generic layout, which was designed during co-creation sessions in close collaboration with the PGB employees, creates a flexible working environment that easily adopts changes and innovations. The office provides in a wide range of spaces. Think of quiet rooms, team rooms, calling areas, informal consultation areas and brainstorming rooms. Traditionally, meetings can be seated, standing, on-site and online. PGB employees can also sit and stand alternately at the workplaces.
Promoting the core values
Each floor is designed in one of the colors from the PGB style guide. The walls of the lift halls are provided with photo wallpaper that depicts the core values of PGB: involved, authentic, clear and together. The ground floor of the new office is fully equipped for meeting, relaxing, brainstorming, sharing knowledge, consultation, presentation and meeting. To increase job satisfaction, the space is open and light and decorated with lots of greenery.
Hospitality & meeting
The left wing is designed for reception and hospitality. There is a dining | work café that provides access to the outdoor terrace on the south side of the building. The new terrace floats above the slope and can be reached via the existing opening of the escape route. The right wing is a meeting area, with various meeting, brainstorming, presentation and consultation rooms. Central in this right wing is a place for informal consultation, landing and flexible working. The various modern meeting facilities, both physical and digital, are also used by affiliated business associations, companies and relations of PGB.
The major architectural intervention was that both atria have been fitted with new open stairs by the office M+R. These connect the ground floor and the three floors from the open central area. A terrace has been realized on each floor with informal seating areas, landing areas and a pantry. These terraces provide a natural separation between the open "public" spaces and the workplace areas.
Reuse and modernization
It was a great honor to be able to realize an efficient, sustainable and timeless interior for Pension Fund PGB in the office building from 1986, which has remained well within budget. We have reused as much existing material as possible, such as floor covering, wooden floor parts, cable ducts, part of the interior walls, induction units and toilets. The building has been modernized with new insulating facade parts, the conversion of the existing lighting to LED technology and the connection to the district heating. The building now has energy label A +. We have redesigned the outside area with reuse of the existing paving and retaining the trees. Electric charging points have been installed, sustainable terrain lighting for safety and PGB signage for orientation.
For the sustainable refurbished office building of Pension Fund PGB, we have jointly donated 8,000 euros on behalf of the construction team to Trees for All for the planting of trees!