During a recent holiday in the Netherlands, we got a chance to visit the Industrial Design School of the Technical University of Delft, thanks to Prof Jan Carel Diehl. I was struck by the design of their open lobby space and how they had created various nooks and crannies with simply different styles of furniture and lighting. The school building was a reconverted warehouse, so they had maintained the cavernous interiors, high railings and steep metal stairs. Everything on the main floor is movable and yet provides a cozy work environment for student teams.
It was an average Thursday afternoon and you can sense the intensity of the students working. No doubt it’s one of the top design and innovation centers in the world.
Movable bleachers and a bar like atmosphere in the back. The mezzanine creates a nice niche
Long tables in the back for collaborative work
Love the cubicles on the floor. Even though they are in open space, they give a sense of privacy
In one of the team rooms
This team was developing a solar water purifier for a village near Bengaluru. India students are likely doing water purification for space travel 😉
Even on the glass partitions
Creatives at work. Even the mess on the table seems cool.
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