The Dutch studio sprikk designed an innovative meeting centre for youmeet. Youmeet offers meeting- and workshop spaces as well as training sessions in innovative ways of working hosted by creative professionals. The space provides environments according to five steps in the creative process :
‘create’ generating ideas, hosting brainstorm sessions
‘design’ laboratory for developing ideas, strategies and solutions, visualisation of concepts,
‘reflect’ reflecting upon ideas and strategies in an informal atmosphere
‘decide’ taking decisions in a concentrated setting
‘speak’ presenting ideas, hosting discussions
In contrast to common practice, where all stages of the development of ideas take place in one generic space, this meeting centre assigns specific, balanced environments to each step in the process. Youmeet supports the activities in terms of setting, atmosphere and high-end IT technology becoming a physical manifestation of the creative process.
The interior is designed as an open floorplan, allowing the space to be perceived as one continuous space.
Floor and ceiling form a neutral basis on which objects and furniture are placed in order to divide the meeting centre into the zones mentioned above. Birchwood elements, incorporating storage spaces, fitted with presentation screens and sound installations form divisions between the rooms. Glass partitions ensure acoustic insulation while allowing for communication, unobstructed views and plenty of daylight.
The hospitality area is formed by the reception desk, coffee counter and sitting area. These monoliths remain low in height as not to interfere with visual connections. Haptic qualities of natural materials are combined with high-end communication- and presentation technologies.
A limited set of finishes creates a homogeneous space in which each room remains unique in character. The individual spaces are planned and equipped according to their role in the creative process acting as variations on a common theme.
Carpets, upholstery fabrics and furniture are specially designed for each space.
Sprikks created a unique space that defines youmeet’s identity as a highly creative and professional meeting facility.
+ Project credits / data
Project: Youmeet meeting centre
Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
Team: Johan van Sprundel, Max Rink, Klaas Kresse
Client: YNNO B.V.
Contractor: Steenland Interieurbouw B.V.
Photography: Edward Clydesdale Thomson
+ All images, drawings and description courtesy sprikk