Premsela Foundation

Research into how the government receives its citizens.

The lobbies of government offices are generally designed using the same elements, such as the counter, the obligatory plant, coffee machine and brochure rack – randomly scattered on the premises. The government wants these reception areas to reflect a feeling of transparency and accessibility, but they’re actually unpleasant places that convey a sense of bureaucracy.

In this design, all necessary functions – from counter to bench – have been merged into one Superblock. It ends the illusion of transparency and has become a powerful tool for providing information and service. Since the necessary elements have been merged and are no longer lost in space, the architecture of the entrance hall has been preserved. The Superblock can be installed anywhere and constitutes a new furniture typology for collective spaces.

This design has been realized in collaboration with Wiebe Boonstra.

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