Eye Film Institute Netherlands
One building really stands out when you look out from the northern bank of The IJ in Amsterdam. It reminds you of a spaceship, but when you enter you will find that it is actually a beautiful and modern film museum: EYE. EYE called upon the services of the renowned Austrian firm DMAA and Gispen to create the design.
Eye Film Institute Netherlands aims to be an inspiring gathering place for people of all ages, for the public as well as for professionals. EYE is where the previous offices of the Filmmuseum, Holland Film, Filmbank and the Nederlands Instituut voor Filmeducatie have been brought together. Colleagues who used to be far apart, now work together under one roof. The interior had to contribute to an effective and pleasant working relation between colleagues.
Mixed work environment
EYE called in Gispen to furnish the back offices, which they refer to as their mixed work environment. This is where employees from the departments of Communication, Education, the Secretarial Office and Administration Office all work alongside each other in one open office landscape. And they do so at flexible workstations. There are also communal benches, work lounge areas, focused working areas, seats and consultation areas present.
Visibility and transparency
Visibility and transparency were important requirements for the interior design. The private consultation areas include an eclectic mix of Gispen chairs. Striking IC cockpit workstations are used in combination with Sayl office chairs by Herman Miller. Their open backrests make the area more transparent and they are easy to adjust to personal preference.
The Ellen Lounge workstations are a remarkable sight. When it comes to working together, nothing can beat these white lounges with their green seats and backrests. The tabletop moves up or down at the push of a button and the large surface ensures that you have lots of room for files, archives or other study material.
Some peace and quiet
Apart from all the interaction and consultation, there was also a need for a place where one can concentrate. This is where the private rooms come in. A practical solution for employees where they can hold a private meeting or perhaps even watch a film from the collection.
Photography by Iwan Baan, Rene den Engelsman and Chris van Koeverden