Sustainable and innovative office for Dynteq from Enschede

Industrial design in a former F16 bunker, a building that exudes guts, adventure and development. That’s what Dynteq, an industrial design agency, does. “With our clients, we develop industrial products, professional devices, machines and vehicles," says co-owner Rob Lenferink. “Examples are carving cargo bikes, professional garden lighting, electronic bike locks and lawn mowers.”

 

 

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In short

  • Dynteq moved into a new, sustainable and innovative headquarters
  • The formed F16 bunker has been transformed into an office and workshop
Transformed headquarters

Dynteq started in 2005 as a spin-off from the University of Twente and has since grown to a team of 15 professionals, with offices in Enschede and Utrecht. In January 2017, the company established itself at Technology Base in Enschede, on the site of the former Twente Airport.

 

A former F16 shelter with 1,2-meter-thick walls has been transformed into an office and a workshop. Open and transparent workspaces are created behind a giant glass facade. 

 

“Additionally, there is space for making and testing all kinds of models and prototypes. An office and a consultation room are based on a large storey floor. The office runs 100% on electricity, made possible by heat pumps, energy-efficient ventilation and LED lighting. Besides, we are self-sufficient through the use of our solar panels.”

History makes unique

A huge steel door is sunk into the concrete floor. The door protected the F16s against bombing. The old shelter-elements contract with modern installation technology in a cool way. The office is surrounded by unspoiled nature, and this is reflected inside by, for example, the use of wood in the interior.

F16 bunker inspires

“Space to think, develop, try and realise is paramount in our field. A boring business park does not trigger and spark inspiration. Technology Base is a testing ground for companies with an urge to innovate. Testing, trying and pushing boundaries. Very important for us, but even more so for our clients!”

 

The owner of the former airfield was looking for new ways of using the existing buildings. Dynteq developed the F16 shelter office as a concept. It sparked something in people, causing the design to be realised within three months by a contractor. An interior designer helped design our interior. “The team then joyfully spent their Christmas holidays building the furniture themselves in our workshop. Such determination lives on in the DNA of the building!”

Passing by WW2 foxholes on the way to the shelter

Not only Dyntec is enthusiastic, visitors too. They respond surprised: “Driving along the runway and between WW2 foxholes is an adventure already. The concrete building with the modern glass façade is imposing upon entering the parking lot. Once in the building, a modern environment arises with many old and characteristic elements. This place exudes guts, adventure and development.”

Development team in a concrete carport

“It was a leap of faith how this would turn out. Which nuthead thinks of placing their development team in a concrete carport? As entrepreneurs we see opportunities, and if your gut tells you to go, then go for it. We spent lots of time and effort in realising this concept, but now we can be proud of our building being 100% Dynteq. It provides a story that binds clients surprisingly well, also because the building expresses exactly how we are. One point of attention is climate control. The temperature changes extremely slow due to the amount of mass of the building. It took quite some time and effort to make the building comfortable in all seasons, but hey, that’s part of the deal.”

Date: 19 February 2018
Source of tekst: Sprout
Author: Twente.com