The global company, Windward is best known for their data and analytics on the maritime domain. The company is a pioneer in the business as they have created the first maritime data platform, The Windward Mind. The platform analysis and organizes with the use of big data and deep shipping expertise the worlds maritime data, making it accessible and actionable across verticals. From understanding what is happening at sea – from a single ship to commodity trade flows – the platform gives unique insight in decision making across industries.
The overall industrial style that the architecture firm focused on is emphasized by the use of rough wood, untreated concrete core walls and bold rusted metalwork as main materials for the new headquarters. “The space is intelligently designed so that it mimics the environment the Windward company undergoes its activity in. We wanted to shift our design strategy so that the space would not reflect a luxurious yacht design but that of the harsh industrial ports.” explains the architect and founder of Roy David Architecture, Roy David.
The design strategy is well rooted in the planning of the space. Having a circular layout, the space presented a lot of challenges that the architecture team had to solve in a small time frame of just two months. As part of the overall design process the company wanted their layout to be open space. This strategy created a series of unique technical approaches designed in collaboration with the execution company, Shin Angel. From specially calculated open acoustic barriers to a supra-structure of 14 new rusted metal columns, each design element was added so that the companies brief was met fully.