UNICEF is looking for new headquarters in The Hague: a strongly interconnected setting with flexible workspaces and an interior that suits the organisation’s distinctive identity.
The challenge UNICEF, the worldwide organisation that protects children’s rights, wants to integrate an innovative and dynamic working concept into its new offices. The guiding principles are flexibility, transparency throughout the office and an emphasis on cooperation. The interior has to radiate a professional look and feel, while the connection with children should be reflected in the design. All this had to be achieved within a limited budget, since UNICEF aims to devote as much revenue as possible to children in need.
Our approach Especially for this project, CBRE brought together a multidisciplinary team consisting of an architect, a designer, an art director, a draftsman and hand-picked project managers. This team drew up a schedule of requirements for the workplace concept, interior and design, advised the client, provided solutions and approached suppliers from its own network with a view to keeping costs low.
The project CBRE developed an office concept that encourages employees to contact one another more readily. Based on this concept, the integrated team designed an interior that reflects UNICEF’s identity. In addition to overall project and site management, the team organised the tender on a sponsorship basis.
Results UNICEF’s new headquarters put the focus on spontaneity, inspiration and movement. The interior houses a range of flexible workspaces, yet each floor forms a clearly unified whole. The entrance area includes the reception, a variety of collaborative spaces, meeting and conference rooms, and a library. It is a place with an open feel, just right for welcoming external parties such as delegations from the world of education and government. The workstations in the office space are dynamic thanks to stand-up desks, workstation booths, comfy sofas and a unique raised seating construction.
Graphic elements throughout the building’s interior show images of children from all over the world. The interior also features a tall bookcase, a Marrakech-style lounge, a swing and a high table containing a roll of paper that can be used for brainstorming sessions. The subtle integration of these playful elements ensures that the office retains its professional appearance. UNICEF was delighted with the end result, which not only surpassed expectations but remained within budgetary constraints.