January 2019

Harmonious and challenging

He started at Inbo as an architect in 2004, but in those fifteen years, he has continued developing and went on to become an interior architect. Rodi studied architecture in Turin and Eindhoven. A short introduction. 

What is characteristic of your interior designs?
‘We design interiors in which people can collaborate pleasantly, feel safe and at home. Concepts for workspaces that are always specific, challenging, relaxed, harmonious, but also a bit daring. Designing discernible concepts is fun, but it is just as much fun to remain involved in the continued development process of the interior once it has been put into service. We do that for large office users, such as Philips and ING, but it also becomes apparent from the interiors of the educational buildings like those at the Utrecht Science Park and at Radboud University Nijmegen.’ 

Are the words together and harmonious often used?
‘We like to collaborate ourselves, because working together makes it better and more fun. I enjoy a close collaboration with the end-users. It requires an open approach, respect for one another and a lot of persuasiveness. That is also the way I work on a personal level. I assume the positive side of things, and the collective is stronger than the individual. A great example is the design of our new office in Amsterdam. A beautiful workplace that was created by combining the desires of the collective and the individual. I gladly invite people over to have a look.’ 

But does your signature remain recognisable?
‘Absolutely. I just said that my interiors also have a touch of dare. I call that the “frayed edge”. It cannot always be put into words, but it makes an interior a tad more provocative. When one enters Enexis’ LAB.073 or the visitor’s centre of the Dutch National Bank, it immediately becomes clear what I mean by that. That edge is necessary, because complete harmony is boring, in a way. At Inbo, I have worked as an architect at all levels of scale, and after fifteen years, I dare say that sophistication and the conscious use of materialisation and detailing form the thread throughout my work.’

What can we find on your wish list for 2019?
‘That list is very diverse. People, innovation and change are the primary motivations in my design choices. Whether it is for a company or a public building does not matter to me. Each assignment requires its own design language, and the final appearance is a result, not a goal in itself. The trick of the trade is to carefully listen to the client, because it is only through listening that we can interpret and see all wishes and desires from their perspective. That is the only way to innovate and change together. This kind of complex assignments make me happy, and that remains the case in 2019.’ 

All interior projects by Rodi and his team are available on our website.

Further information: Rodi van der Horst