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At Brooks, the offices have locker rooms!

.. They run at lunch. In between meetings. Pretty much anytime they can. Runners brand Brooks is close to completion of the renovation and merging two spaces into a new office with a new showroom of their Dutch HQ within the walls of the magnificent Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam. We were delighted to design the spaces.
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Danish delight

‘Your rainbow panorama’ is a spectacular halo above the cube-shaped ARoS museum in Arhus (Denmark) by the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. It turns the building into a delightful Danish landmark. It offers a panoramic view of the city, and the colours walking around, take you through the 24 hours of day and night. This is Freek's favorite place!
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Beemster Beauty

Hans' favorite spot at his fingertips. Just walking, first within the strict grid of the Beemster with its rectangular plots built up according to a geometric pattern, and then up the dike, meandering through the landscape. Tranquility...
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From yellow ATMs to white bank branches

Last week, the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant reported that the coronavirus crisis is forcing banks to close even more branches and banks such as ING and Rabobank are planning to reduce branch numbers quickly. Many of the bank offices that were temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions won't resume operations.


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Design for the interim normal

Over the past few weeks, we have posted photographs by colleague and photographer Judith based on the theme 'retail and hospitality in coronavirus times'. The photos explore how retail and hospitality are dealing with the measures to contain the spread of coronavirus and, in particular, how they are communicated and implemented. The photo series showed some fun and inspiring solutions, but also more than that.


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Isn't it time to rethink and reform the concept of shopping streets?

We develop concepts for, among other things, shopping streets. This is a big part of what we do. However, sometimes we visit places where people seem to cling to idea of the archetypal shopping street. The idea of a shopping street as a place for leisure, where you can stroll from shop to shop looking for a new outfit, stop for a coffee or snatch up a gift.


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Different, not less

The editors of Nieuwsuur have recently made a tour of the largest corporate employers in the Netherlands. It appears that more than half of the companies foresee a decrease in the need for office space. After Covid, the expectation is that we will continue to work from home more often. Before Covid, employees visited the office for an average of four or five days. After the pandemic, this is anticipated to be about two to three days. The rest of the week employees work at home or, for example, at a client's location. The companies surveyed, including Capgemini Group, AEGON Netherlands, and consultancy firm Arcadis, expect a reduction in the demand for office space of 20% to 50% as a result.


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