The Maliehuis at the Maliebaan in Utrecht is the new home of creative agency Born05, specialising in multimedial client communication. Maurice Mentjens developed an office interior in which old and new worlds are running parallel to each other.
For Mentjens, the Maliehuis is above all a monument in motion, which ties in with Born05’s slogan: ‘we design journeys’. The idea of a journey of exploration has been continued in the form of parallel worlds. A Space Odyssey next to stripped wooden beams.
Every floor has a different interior, and the internal organisation has been constructed like a tree. In the basement are the roots (storage), at ground level the trunk (the core values), on the first floor the lower branches, as a lookout of the strategic departments, the top floors as a nestling place for the creative ones. Every space has its own colour scheme and its own atmosphere.
Mentjens: ‘Everything that we’ve added is flirting with the contrasts that are ingrained in the Maliehuis’s building history.’
Photos: Arjen Schmitz