Bolidt Experience & Innovation Center
Kossmann.dejong has been asked to design the new Experience & Innovation Centre for the Dutch family company Bolidt, a multinational firm specialized in cast floors and synthetic applications. During the development of a new company building in Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, the idea came up to also create a space to tell the story of Bolidt to the broader public.
In the new experience, national and international visitors will be immersed in the world of synthetic flooring, marine decking, surface courses and other applications. Through interactive installations and the use of the latest technological tools, such as virtual and augmented reality, visitors will get a unique insight into Bolidt’s DNA. For example, via real-time testing of samples and composing their own sample in a special lab, visitors can discover the numerous possibilities of synthetics.
In addition, the new building will also function as an open source innovation platform: a place where knowledge can be shared and where the emphasis is on forming collaborations to generate innovations or to join forces in rolling out commercial activities internationally.
Bolidt’s new Experience & Innovation Centre is part of a larger redevelopment of the whole surrounding area, called AREA78, in Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht (NL). The first pile of the building, designed by Lüchinger Architects and RoosRos Architects, was ceremoniously driven on 16 May 2017. The official opening has been planned beginning of 2019.