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For a creative company, one way to avoid the intractable cycle of moving to an affordable neighbourhood, helping to earn it a hip cachet, then being priced out and having to start all over again is to buy your own property. Or, better yet, to build it from scratch so you can knit in the sort of tailor-made spaces you really need.

The triple- glazed floor-to-ceiling windows, treated with a special UV coating, are hung with curtains by Bas van Tol for Vescom.

That’s what Amsterdam-based graphic design studio Thonik has done — twice. In the late 1990s, it transformed a nondescript hidden inner courtyard in the east of the city with a colourful home-cum-studio designed by Dutch architecture practice MVRDV. Then came...

Thonik’s Amsterdam HQ Was Designed with Future Uses in Mind

To fashion its sustainable, ultra-versatile headquarters – intended to evolve with the city – the creative studio teamed up with MMX Architects.

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