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.
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.