Inspired by the graphic design story by Studio Lava for THNK, concrete designed a series of multifunctional furniture to contribute to the identity of the new creative business school. Following THNK’s philosophy, “that it is never about ‘i’ alone and is always about ‘i’ in collaboration with others to solve todays challenges”, is translated into ‘i’-shaped benches, worktables, stools and bar tables. The furniture elements overlap each other, coloured red, blue, white, black and are placed in the middle of the central space shaping the THNK logo.
During the day students and teachers can ride the furniture to any space they want, rearranging their own “classroom”, to park them back in the logo position at the end of the day. The various heights of furniture give the coaches the freedom to use seating suitable for any type of lesson, active or relaxed. In addition it’s easily imaginable to realise a THNK classroom anywhere in the world, due to their flexible and portable furniture.
The new THNK home is to be seen as a square with small educational shops surrounding the square. Two circular curtains can be used to create a more private space and also helps the acoustics in the square. The square also has a small mobile kitchen block and is provided with a high table to serve lunch or use as a bar. The square has two black walls that can be used as chalkboards, and has a magnetic paint finish, so posters and flip-over sheets can be hung on the wall as well.
The floor has a raisin finish to ad some shinny and modern feel to the space. Concrete has chosen to leave the grid of the old ceiling system in its place and used it to support the lighting fixtures. The lighting is randomly distributed over the grid, occasionally with red or blue lights as a reference to the logo.Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands Designer: Concrete Architectural Associates Project name: THNK home – the Amsterdam school of creative leadership
Project information: Project team concrete: Rob Wagemans, Erik van Dillen, Jari van Lieshout Graphic design: studio Lava General information:
Other designers: Lava (graphic design) Construction management: Procore, Marco Vermeer
Contractor interior: Roord binnenbouw, bespoke furniture
Contractor: Derksen en Slingering Design: january 2012
Completion: march 2012
Surface area: approx 300 m2 Photography:Ewout Huibers for Concrete