modulyss - Carpet tiles
DESIGNED by Jaspers-Eyers Architects, the new headquarters of KPMG Belgium have created a domestic business environment using sustainable materials, including carpet tiles from modulyss.
Proposing a biophilic design to complement the natural light and reflecting material abundant in the PassPort building, next to Brussels Airport, interior designer Natalie Schoonjans was tasked with developing the concept. Her idea was to make a fluid transition between three modulyss styles in the Handcraft collection – Moss, Leaf and Willow - running dynamically along the curved lines of the building.
Exploring the relationship between nature and craft in an organic design bringing earthy tones, the three carpet tile designs differ a little from each other, ‘combining beautifully in a perfect textural puzzle’, modulyss says. Ingrid Sitters, facilities director, KPMG Belgium, comments: ‘We opted for a calmer pattern around workstations and a more intricate texture for the aisles’.
Supporting KPMG’s sustainable philosophy, Moss, Leaf and Willow are reportedly made from 100% regenerated Econyl yarn, derived from recovered fishing nets and other waste materials; have recycled content in the backing and are supported by the CO2RE emissions offset initiative.
On the fourth floor, a meeting place for clients and partners, KPMG opted for an ‘eye-catching’ design, modulyss says, in Patchwork carpet tiles, instantly creating what the manufacturer describes as a welcoming and warm feel with its quirky pattern and neutral tones. ‘When we saw the samples, we thought “wow”, this is it,’ explains Ingrid.
Standard on the Handcraft collection, KPMG also opted for CO2RE on the Patchwork carpet tiles used. This reportedly saw the entire KPMG project, including offices in Antwerp and Hasselt, reduce CO2 emissions by 103 tonnes and enabled the purchase of energy-efficient cook stoves to make a positive change for 20 Kenyan families. The company says the use of these cook stoves, burning up to 60% less wood, is expected to save around 279 trees.
After having completed the move into its new offices, KPMG has happily welcomed a new work ethic: ‘There’s a shift in mentality,’ Ingrid explains, ‘being at the office means that I’m meeting my colleagues.’ An example of how an open workspace can inspire interaction and collaboration among employees, modulyss says.