A unique dynamic was discovered through conversations with the community and space analyses. This dynamic got translated into the space’s heartbeat – the co-working area and kitchen, and the shared vision eventually revolved around the notion that the space should embody Impact Hub’s values of courage, collaboration and trust. Besides expressing Impact Hub’s essence, a variety of privacy, noise and formality levels became central to the design concept.
Eventually, the construction phase started with partial interior demolition and the implementation of their tailored infrastructure and services. At the interaction heart of the space, an island kitchen was built to encourage people to talk to one another, by huddling instead of standing in line for coffee. The co-working space was designed with the same intention by choosing a variety of seats for different types of interaction because low furniture lowers the threshold of approachability and encourages more informal conversation, as opposed to higher and medium height furniture. The freedom employees have to choose sit or stand creates more lively meetings and as a whole establishes a sense of vibrancy within the entire space. All furniture was re-used to support the sustainable mindset of the Impact Hub and to maintain familiarity because they had moved twice within one year.
After the construction and designing phase, we invited the employees to actively start using and inhabiting the space. Also, recommendation was provided to guarantee smooth transition and to ensure the space remains relevant and supportive on the long-term. As part of our adapting phase, we facilitated extra workstations as the Impact Hub’s community is continuously growing.
Thanks to our collaborative process and in-depth understanding of the Impact Hub’s community, the project was completed within less than two months.
was designed by us in 2013. Since then, the hub has grown a lot, thanks to its community members and their social impact ventures. As a result, Impact Hub Amsterdam signed a contract with the KIT (The Royal Tropical Institute) to move from its 19th century building in Westerpark to the historical KIT building in Oosterpark.