NOAHH | NOAHH Ricoh Head Office Europe, 's Hertogenbosch (NL)
The RICOH building has a strong identity and is the figurehead of the Paleiskwartier. An office with an "open" look to the community to show what happens inside.
NOAHH, Network Oriented Architecture, Patrick Fransen, Ricoh, head office, europe, 's-hertogenbosch, Den Bosch, hoofdkantoor, beste kantoor, open werkplekken, office building,
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Ricoh Head Office Europe, ‘s Hertogenbosch (NL)

About This Project

The RICOH building has a strong identity and is the figurehead of the Paleiskwartier. An office with an “open” look to the community to show what happens inside. “To establish contact between staff, Ricoh and its visitors in a natural way” has been an important design-principle for us in this building. The location on the southernmost tip of the Paleiskwartier is prominent and the building will soon also determine the skyline of Den Bosch.

Besides the building- also the complete interior / furniture kit with fixed and loose furniture was designed by our team. In this way we are quite capable to shape the identity of RICOH. The challenge was that the departments within the building ‘evaporate’. Employees should be able to share knowledge better and inspire. Every year, the market in which RICOH operates changes therefore the interior design should be able to adapt easily for this. Where offering services is extremely important, RICOH is an open and innovative company. In addition to open work areas in the building there are a lot of quiet consultation rooms and workplaces positioned in between the informal zone and the open workplaces.

RICOH HQ has been chosen as one of the most convenient, innovative and convincing places to work in, in the Netherlands at the moment (from: Intermediair March 28 2013)

Characteristic of the building are the sky-bar and work stations in the glass conservatory vertices. Here you can have the extraordinary overview over both the city and the landscape (the city of Den Bosch and De Gement) and is fully transparent. While inside, one feels as if you are outside the building. These points have a completely natural climate system and are energy-neutral in design.

De binnenwereld van het kantoor bestaat uit een gezoneerde structuur van open werkplekken, huiskamers, glazen spreekkamers, auditoria en vides. De verschillende zones hebben hun eigen sfeer in materialisering en zijn speciaal ontwotrpen voor plaats onafhankelijk werken. Karakteristiek zijn de grote glazen hangende serres met tuinen in een energie-neutrale-omgeving. De bovenste bouwlagen bestaan uit een restaurant met glazen erkers met een prachtig onbelemmerd uitzicht over natuurgebied ‘de Gement’ en de historische binnenstad van Den Bosch. Het kantoorgebouw is de 1e fase van een nog te realiseren groter bouwblok: Belvédère. De begane grond is uitnodigend en transparant. Hier bevinden zich een open auditorium en goede congresfaciliteiten.

(Door Intermediar is RICOH gekozen tot de top drie van de ‘fijnste kantoren van Nederland’)


Magistratenlaan 2, ‘s Hertogenbosch

Total floor area
20.400 m2

RICOH Nederland BV (interior)
BV Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Paleiskwartier / Credo Integrale Planontwikkeling BV (building)

Patrick Fransen, Onne Walsmit, Sander Monteiro, Stephanie Lama, Tim Cannock

Katja Effting

Commerce & Industry, Workplace & Interior