Wet Beast Office / Studioninedots
Text description provided by the architects. On the ground level of Westbeat – Studioninedots’ mixed-use building in Amsterdam West – a new office landscape has been created. With ‘Wet Beast’, Studioninedots presents a workplace concept in which three mystical objects offer space for experimentation, interaction and spontaneity within the social sphere of a work environment.
Since its completion in 2021, Westbeat has been recognizable by the concrete arch constructions in the plinth. Between the arches emerge exciting spaces that can be used by a variety of users and for a wide variety of purposes. Commissioned by Gerimedica, Studioninedots created an office concept with three spatial elements that connect people and give new impulses. Wet Beast is an environment that stimulates creativity and a sense of community.
As seemingly unknown objects in a well-organized work landscape of tables and chairs, three pieces of furniture have been added that provoke their own interpretation. Wet Beast facilitates shelter, seating, meeting space, a place for lectures, events, play, relaxation, contemplation and more. The design of the furniture pieces is completely separate from the architecture and the open interpretation of function is reflected in the diverse palette of colors, shapes and materials that make up the whole. The elements are created in such a way that they can be used temporarily or permanently and can constantly evolve in function.
The Beast is an Escher-like game world in which, in addition to encounters, anything can happen. Stairs, alternating fixed elements and corridors attract free interpretation or use. Large glass walls ensure interaction between the sheltered core and the surrounding space. Jungle is the connecting step between the two levels. The stairs also serve as a podium for a presentation or as a place to relax. The stairs get their name from the organic shapes and the integrated planting.
City Hall is made with friendly wooden seating elements and light curtains. The City Hall is an intimate place that is half hidden behind the curtains, or a continuation of the open space.
With Wet Beast, Studioninedots adds a concept that can be different for every observer. We have created a new workplace that inspires users, stimulates creativity and challenges them to a new way of working.