The Municipality of Deventer
The Stadhuiskwartier in Deventer unites the historic town hall with a new municipal office. The building complex at the Grote Kerkhof measures no less than 24,000 m2. Gispen furnished both the new and historic part of the complex. Key words that apply here are functionality, aesthetics, flexibility and sustainability.
Sustainable and flexible
After an extensive tender procedure, the Municipality of Deventer granted Gispen the order for furnishing the entire complex. By doing so, the municipality gave Gispen sole responsibility for the project. All managed from one point of contact.
Sustainability was an important requirement; the municipality works according to the BREEAM-standard, which applies to the building as well as the furniture. Flexibility was also a criterion, both in customer service and in the final result. The furnishings had to support flexible and activity-related working.
From central public plaza to Old Council Hall
Gispen furnished the entire complex, amounting to a total surface area of 24,000 m2 – of which 20,000 m2 new construction and 4,000 m2 renovation and restauration. From office furniture to conference rooms, from the waiting areas of the central public plaza to the furnishings of historic gems such as the Old Council Hall and the Municipal Wedding Hall. The flexible workstations come from the Cubic 50 furniture line, offering the right combination of sit/stand furniture and electric height adjustable desks. By installing seats in between the workstations we created a variety of seating options. You can simply grab a seat to discuss a few things with colleagues. The lounge areas feature Madison sofas with various colour schemes. And slightly higher, characteristic TST armchairs have been installed throughout the building. The multi-purpose conference tables in the conference rooms come from Gispen and our interior construction contractor Keijsers Lundiform, and can be used for different purposes and are easy to alter in layout.
Interior construction and custom lighting
Apart from supplying the furniture, Gispen was also asked to provide tailored solutions for certain parts of the interior, including counters, cabinets and waiting room furniture. In addition, we fitted custom lighting throughout the complex; from functional workstation lighting to mood lighting. Always energy-efficient, but durable as well due to the recycled PET-bottle lamp covers and desk lamps of recycled materials. Our certified mechanics provided tailored solutions in cable management.
Fine-tuning down to the last detail
During this project, Gispen worked closely together with the interior architects of Atelier Pro, who were responsible for the interior design. They provided the colour schemes to which we added matching products and materials. We fine-tuned down to the last detail – from colour schemes to stitching and finishes. We went all the way to realise the desired look. Take the waiting areas, for example, where we mainly applied solid and smooth materials for 'short-stay-waiting', but softer and more luxurious materials for the more relaxed 'long-stay-waiting'.
The architect’s thoughts
‘Creating an area where people can meet and have freedom of choice was most important to us. We wanted to offer the visitors and users of the Stadhuiskwartier a large variety of seating options and atmospheres. From soft to hard seats, from counters to free-standing conference tables. We even created a living-room type setting at the public plaza. Working together with Gispen during this project was great. We held many meetings together where we could discuss things openly. They always knew how to make things work, with great attention to detail. We wanted to create something special together and, if you ask me, we definitely succeeded.’
The period rooms and offices at the historic parts of the complex had to become cosy whereas the main hall – an indoor urban area – had to become open, light, airy and accessible. The full-colour printed carpet, of which the design is based on the original pattern of the 1924 Deventer carpet called ‘Mei’, plays an important role here. The 250 m2 carpet really sets the tone in the main lobby. The carpeting fitted in the ceremony rooms also adds to the atmosphere there. Another eyecatcher, which does not come from Gispen but is certainly worth mentioning, is the so-called Deventer Framework; a series of 2,264 cast aluminium patterns which have been placed on the façade, the shapes of which are derived from the finger prints of citizens of Deventer.
Photography: Eva Bloem
The client’s thoughts
‘As soon as Gispen showed us their first trial setup, I knew right away that they had really thought things through. We of course already knew that Gispen’s large organisation brings a wealth of experience, but we were also looking for a flexible partner. One that can work to a tight schedule. Gispen has proven to be that partner in every aspect. They were flexible in sharing their ideas, they were proactive, transparent, direct and easy to work with. In short, partnering up with Gispen was the right choice. A great team of people took care of delivering all of the products. We could not be happier with the final result.’