Renovation of the existing office in Sint-Niklaas. The net usable area will be increased by at least 50% and will be fitted with today’s most popular technical equipment to create optimal working conditions in an office environment. Only the structural elements of the current building will be preserved: the concrete ‘skeleton’. A new façade will be constructed around it on the first floor, ensuring thermal and acoustic comfort. Inside, the existing patio will be covered with a glass dome, which will house the information centre. This area will also provide a new space for vertical circulation throughout the building, in addition to new sanitary facilities. The new second floor, spanning 500 m², contains an auditorium and lunch room.
‘Lighting’ is a particularly fascinating but elusive medium. Architecture inherently relishes the challenge it presents. It is about literally creating and conjuring up atmosphere in the various rooms, and the way in which spaces can function. Lighting control systems are therefore indispensable. They are one of the constantly evolving technologies, such as home automation etc. This means switches generally take the form of a touch control for each function. To symbolically accentuate this, a new, imposing glass office box occupies Niko’s current head office. The other buildings are being thoroughly reorganised and refurbished. Blinds envelop the existing building like power cables around the meeting structure. Atmospheric, coloured lighting flashes along the motorway, dominating the skyline at night.