Unilever Benelux Headquarters / Mecanoo

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Unilever Benelux Headquarters / Mecanoo

Unilever Benelux Headquarters / Mecanoo - Interior Photography, Chair, Windows, Beam
© Ossip Architectuurfotografie

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  8400
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2020
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Unilever Benelux Headquarters / Mecanoo - Interior Photography, Table, Chair, Beam
© Ossip Architectuurfotografie

Text description provided by the architects. In the heart of Rotterdam on Hofplein, the new Unilever Benelux headquarters occupy six floors of an existing building from 1960 by architect C.A. Abspoel with a striking concrete structure. The new Unilever facility will accommodate around 750 employees.

Unilever Benelux Headquarters / Mecanoo - Interior Photography, Dining room, Table, Chair, Windows, Beam
© Ossip Architectuurfotografie
Unilever Benelux Headquarters / Mecanoo - Interior Photography
© Ossip Architectuurfotografie

Townhall. Upon entering the sixth floor, visitors are welcomed in the Lipton Bar exhibiting a beautiful view of the city. From the Lipton Bar, all floors are accessible via internal stairs. Breakthroughs were made in the floors creating voids that connect the various departments and thus employees. Upon entering, the auditorium, the so-called town hall, immediately stands out. This auditorium as well as the event space and restaurant are multifunctional and can be used for events, lectures, and a place to have lunch. They can also be used for informal meetings or working, making these functions all part of the working environment. 

Unilever Benelux Headquarters / Mecanoo - Interior Photography, Table, Windows, Beam
© Ossip Architectuurfotografie
Unilever Benelux Headquarters / Mecanoo - Interior Photography, Stairs, Handrail, Windows, Beam
© Ossip Architectuurfotografie

Unilever City. The interior is designed as a city with streets and shops: Unilever City. Multipurpose cabinets placed between the concrete structure form a street in the middle of the building. These serve as Unilever’s internal showcase. Products can be displayed in the cabinets and they can also be used for calls, discussions or to work in silence. Workplaces of the various Unilever departments are located on the street, each with its own identity, brand, and character traits. They form the shops on the street. Brand hubs of Beauty & Personal Care, Home Care, Refreshment, Foods, and Food Solutions departments emphasize the atmosphere of these departments, each having its own identity and forming a hotspot where products can be presented and tested. 

Unilever Benelux Headquarters / Mecanoo - Interior Photography, Kitchen, Table, Wood, Chair, Beam
© Ossip Architectuurfotografie
Unilever Benelux Headquarters / Mecanoo - Interior Photography, Kitchen, Table, Chair
© Ossip Architectuurfotografie
Unilever Benelux Headquarters / Mecanoo - Interior Photography
© Ossip Architectuurfotografie

Activity-based working. The mix of working, meeting, calling, consultation, presentation, and other use and accommodation areas creates a dynamic environment to work in an activity-based manner. Unilever employees can find a place that suits their activity of the time. This stimulates collaborations, knowledge exchange, and meetings and because you move more through the building, it also promotes health.

Unilever Benelux Headquarters / Mecanoo - Interior Photography, Dining room, Table, Chair
© Ossip Architectuurfotografie

Industrial. The materials used to strengthen the industrial character of the building. The black steel, oak, the cast floor, and tiles form a neutral basis, giving the space to showcase Unilever’s products and marketing. 

Unilever Benelux Headquarters / Mecanoo - Interior Photography, Table, Chair
© Ossip Architectuurfotografie

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Address:Hofplein 19, 3032 AC Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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Cite: “Unilever Benelux Headquarters / Mecanoo” 14 Jun 2022. ArchDaily. Accessed .

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