Lensvelt Offices and Warehouse
Lensvelt Offices and Warehouse Breda, The Netherlands
The headquarters of the Dutch transportation company Lensvelt was designed as a single body, a two-story rectangular volume with exterior cladding of folded sheets, interrupted only by the lorry access doors distributed along the facade. The design responded to the company’s needs with a homogenous area on the ground floor containing the entrance, the showroom with a loft, the reception area, a patio, a dining room, a shipping office and storage space; while the offices, machine room, dressing room and another storage space are allocated to the first floor.
This building was conceived as a transparent, well-lit, homogenous volume which distances itself from the stereotypical image of industrial constructions, which typically display uniform design with little thought given to aesthetic considerations. The idea was to harmoniously unify, within the same building, the administrative facilities, storage spaces, access for the transport vehicles and service areas.
From the exterior, this building is seen as a partitioniess rectangular body with openings for the lorries, whose facade of translucent glass panels casts an abundance of natural light into the interior. Another source of light is the open space which has been left between the walls and the roof, allowing the light to reach even the offices grouped together in the centre of the building. The walls and ceiling, painted white, also contribute to achieving the desired brightness in the building. Wood was used for the flooring and concrete for the vertical faces.