For Tribes, Crielaers & Company designed the 23rd office at Raamplein 1 in the centre of Amsterdam. A flexible working environment in which the Chinese Mosuo tribe inspires the current business nomad.

Tribes offers inspiring workplaces to an extensive worldwide network. Tribes is more than just an office; it is more than just a workspace. It is a meeting point, a community for people of different generations from different backgrounds.

Crielaers & Company designed the interior concept of Tribes' first office in 2015, and described a handbook with the guidelines for all the offices that have been opened since then. Now three years later C&C felt very honoured to be able to design an office (3.000 m2) in a beautiful, monumental building.

The female is central to the Mosuo tribe, and we were able to anticipate on that. Throughout the building, the woman is subtly central, and our concept is, therefore "inspired by women in charge".

The costumes from the chosen tribe are colourful, while nature and the living environment are sober. This creates beautiful contrasting (photography) images. This contrast between austerity and exuberant use of colour can also be found in the building at the Raamplein. The many see-throughs in the building provide long sightlines and interaction between the users so that encounters and cross-pollination can occur naturally.

Crielaers & Company is responsible for the interior design, project management and the construction supervision.

Photography: Rika Looij