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Studio Appelo and Studio Acht have designed new co-working office for tech companies, TQ, located in Amsterdam, Netherlands. TQ is a curated tech space in the heart of Amsterdam, founded by TNW (The Next Web). Its purpose is to push tech startups towards exponential growth by providing residents with the right community, events, and facilities. Renée Appelo of Studio Appelo notes, “The TQ interior design focuses on transparency first and foremost. The glass panes allows one to see right through the wings of the building, where individual startups have their own space but form a community together.

The hallways are designed to be meeting places, as though you’d walk around the streets in a village. The building is a former bank, so you can still find vaults in some of the offices. We stripped the entire place before rebuilding and kept the concrete ceilings to show the infrastructure of all the wiring and air circulation pipes. This gives it an industrial feel, which, combined with a brightly lit interior design, imbues the space with its own trademark. The concept behind TQ was that it should be a home, not a hotel, and we’ve kept that in mind when we sourced the furniture by Lensvelt, while all of the other items were sourced second hand.”

Over 80 startups can call TQ their home across 3 floors of private or shared office space. Companies can start with one desk and grow up to 50, while anyone can join as a part-time or full-time member. Members can visit anytime they’d like to work, have a drink or a bite and meet the community in the members club, situated on the 4th floor, which also houses an event space for up to 250 people. The building has all the desired facilities, including parking spots, lounge areas, video conference rooms, Wi-Fi, coffee spots and breakfast/lunch areas.

Design: >Renee Appelo – and Sybren Hoek – Studio Acht
Photography: Mathieu van Ek

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