Nico Wevers, the project’s head of design, describes in his own words the atmosphere that several cooperating parties were confronted with:
“As a team we had a towering ambition for this project. This resulted in an enormous high quality, but we also had to solve a really complicated puzzle. Literally speaking it is the interesting paradox in this project: it takes a lot of complex technology to keep things very simple.”
Even though the complete test room was not finished in time, there was enough confidence and sufficient results to measure. And based on these results, our client, the ‘Rijksvastgoedbedrijf’ (Central Government Real Estate Agency), has given its approval. After conferring with construction supervisor Heijmans,, it was then decided to continue. In such a situation time and money are the king and emperor of the project. At such a moment, is there still a choice to continue? And will it deliver what you initially assumed or what you hoped for? Yes, these are uncertain and very exciting times indeed.
Covid salted our game
We went through the colors, the material was purchased and then there was the unannounced visitor named Covid-19… Material from France could not be delivered, made-to-measure elements from Warsaw were prevented from crossing the border… investments were put on hold… a drama that affected not only us but the entire project. Fortunately, there was mutual understanding between all cooperating parties, but there was also tension. A healthy and challenging tension but tension nonetheless.
Color and natural materials
Contrary to smaller projects, you will undoubtedly encounter new challenges when you are commissioned to cover such vast surfaces. For instance the color. Leather is a natural product and no two skins are the same.