The more than 1000-year-old Benedictine abbey in Mettlach, Germany, is the
headquarters of the ceramic manufacturer Villeroy & Boch. The new office
and conference center “Fabrik N°09” offers a future-oriented working
environment on 4,000 m² of floor space, which enables variable use and
creates space for innovative ideas. The ambience and the room acoustics on
the three levels, which are connected by an open central stairwell,
contribute 2500 m² of velour carpet. The quality CONTRACT 1000 was laid by
OBJECT CARPET, custom-made with the design FREESTILE ROME: Classic-elegant
and reduced in colour, the timeless-looking carpet blends perfectly with
the historic ceramic tiles from Villeroy & Boch. Modern workplaces and
diverse meeting spaces support communication and creative exchange. In
three zones – “marketplace”, “working” and “networking” - the space is
available to over 200 employees from different fields. “I am proud that we
have created a modern working environment for our employees with the
completion of Factory N°09. We promote networked collaboration and the
exchange of information and communication on a wide range of work and
project areas – above all across the boundaries of departments and
corporate divisions, “explains Frank Göring, CEO of Villeroy & Boch AG.
The spaces for informal exchanges were created in a very targeted manner,
because the well-known design company knows that around 85 percent of all
innovations arise out of incidental communication and unplanned meetings.
Therefore, classic office structures have been almost completely dissolved
in favor of a modern working world.