Next Material House
Norbert van Onna

Next Material House (NEMHO)

Broekbakema as Architects

At the premises of Trespa in Weert (The Netherlands) the new Next Material House (NEMHO) is completed. Various companies of Broadview Holding – including Arpa, Forpica, Homapal, Trespa and Westag – work together under a single roof on innovation and product development. Our building design creates maximum R&D synergy on the workfloor. On the exterior your eyes are directly attracted by the special façade of this international ‘R&D-house.’ The façade is made of Trespa: we show that this material allows you to do beautiful architecture. Honestly, we were not aware of all the possibilities this material creates, until we started working for the company in 2017. The latest developments from their production lines are now finally integrated as a showcase in the building design.

photo_credit Norbert van Onna
Norbert van Onna

The Building
We are enthusiastic about the end result. The black facade fits the building like a black skin full of texture. Like the skin of a snake, the Trespa panels have been cut to a small size with various textures. This pattern connects all facade elements. With the ‘skin’ we tell the story of the materials that are being developed inside. In that concept we go back to the natural origin of the material of Trespa, which is predominantly wood (70%). Through the combination of the black skin with white lamella’s the building gains a very strong and unique identity.

photo_credit Norbert van Onna
Norbert van Onna

Open workspace
From outside you can directly see what is happening in the laboratories, located immediately at the facade of our design. Inside, employees have their workspaces at the heart of the building. From each workspace you can enjoy the view over the laboratories thanks to double high galleries and skylights, which provide ample daylight. This also creates an optical and functional whole of the offices, laboratories and customer areas. Inside we used Arpa, Trespa and Westag materials in the finishes of furniture, doors and walls. Together with Trespa, we developed new patterns for these. Additionally, the skin pattern of the facade comes back in the recycled felt inside. In the walls, magnetic whiteboards of Homapal are integrated, while part of the furniture contains wireless chargers of Formica.

photo_credit Norbert van Onna
Norbert van Onna

Company community
Whether you are standing in the laboratories or offices, you directly feel connected with everybody on the workfloor. This makes you quickly feel like a part of a tight R&D and company community. The light and open office landscape stimulates collaboration and knowledge synergy. Thanks to the linear layout, extension of the building will be relatively easy, making NEMHO ready for growth.

photo_credit Norbert van Onna
Norbert van Onna

Healthy working climate
The usage of light colours in conjunction with wooden elements – such as for the indoor glass walls – creates a serene working environment. We believe that in order to create a healthy work climate in R&D buildings, it is important to separate offices and laboratories spatially, but connect them visually. Additionally, we gave green the attention it deserves both inside and outside. This allows the R&D location of Broadview Holding to achieve the character of a campus. A place which employees, clients and stakeholders love to visit for R&D collaboration, co-creation and inspiration.

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Norbert van Onna
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