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CaballeroFabriek

spatial concept stimulates creative and innovative business

The Caballero Factory, housed in the building of a former tobacco company, contains offices and studios for small, starting companies in the fields of ICT, media and culture. The city of Den Haag, owner of the building, wanted a social building where networking is easily possible.

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Our office translated this wish into a spatial concept which stimulates creative and innovative activity and cross-pollination between the different companies and fields. Therefore common spaces and meeting points take centre stage.

The original factory building from 1953 was left untouched, later additions were demolished. The industrial character remains intact while new functions stand out by their different design. The newly created broad corridor which doubles as a meeting place is the backbone of the building. The canteen, the lounge areas and the central reception are located here. The corridor links the 56 units. To save space and to leave the space open and light the conference rooms are hung from the ceiling as wooden boxes. The finish of these and other elements remains raw to preserve the factory atmosphere. Light is an important unifying factor: the reopened skylights and the vitreous sliding doors and walls from transparent Rodeca create an light, open and homogenous space. Printed screens in front of the main facade define the exterior view.

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Client

Gemeente Den Haag

Assignment

Transformation listed building

Location

Saturnusstraat 60, The Hague, NL

Area

14.500 sqm

Function

Workspace creative offices

Start design

2003-2006

Start construction

2005

Completed

Phase 1: June 2006, phase 2: 2008

Photography

Scagliola/Brakkee

Awards

Winner New City Award The Hague 2006
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The makers of this project

Maarten van Bremen
Maarten van Bremen
maarten@groupa.nl

Architect | Partner

Folkert van Hagen
Folkert van Hagen
folkert@groupa.nl

Architect | Partner

Adam Visser
Adam Visser
adam@groupa.nl

Architect | Partner

Jos Overmars
Jos Overmars
jos@groupa.nl

Bouwkundige | Projectleider

Brigitte van der Tuin
Brigitte van der Tuin
brigitte@groupa.nl

Interieur architect

Suzanne Linders
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Jasper Hermans
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Nir Goldberg
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Paulo Moreno
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External stakeholders
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