Why did you make the choice for Extremis furniture?
"We chose for Extremis because the vision of Extremis suits this project very well: furniture with a strong personality, well-thought features and qualitative design," according to Van Leuven. "Because of the fast-changing weather conditions and powerful wind, sustainable materials are very important when designing a project near the coast. Extremis is an established Belgian brand and has a widely-known service record. That's why the choice for Extremis furniture was easily made."
"The Hopper picnic table was placed on the terrace of the restaurant, which seemed to be very interesting because of the accessibility of the table. At the head of the table a wheelchair can easily take place." Van Leuvens adds: "Coworkers love to lunch, relax and even have meetings at the Hopper."
"At the terrace of the psychiatric department we chose for (in our eyes) the ultimate piece of togetherness. We were looking into solutions that enhance eye contact between every person at the table. Pantagruel was the perfect solution for this."
Do you see AZ Zeno as an example of biophilic design?
"Well, having access to natural light and being in contact with a green environment has a major impact on the healing process of a patient. Actually, it is beneficiary for everyone. It can reduce stress, impact your productivity and contributes to the overall wellbeing. Stacking the interior with plants and greens may not be the ideal solution," according to a chuckling Van Leuven.
"Because of the sophisticated architecture you can enjoy the nature from within the building. Therefore, we preferred a hospital in a green environment rather than a building in the city without greens or daylight." Van Leuven concludes: "We designed this building while paying a lot of attention for the users and their relationship with the environment."
"I truly believe that AZ Zeno is the ultimate example of biophilic design."