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business unit taste, texture & health


business unit taste, texture & health 

Commissioned by DSM Delft, cepezed is designing the new building for dsm-firmenich's business unit Taste, Texture & Health on the Biotech Campus Delft. The building is prominently located at the beginning of the central promenade. This position strongly determines the design concept; the route of the green boulevard continues into the building. The design is open and inviting, reflecting dsm-firmenich's desire to be a transparent company.

  • client(s)
  • DSM Delft
  • location
  • Delft
  • user(s)
  • dsm-firmenich
  • expertise
  • architects
    cepezed interior
  • project brochure

3 main functions  

The green walking path from the boulevard continues in stages up to the third floor, as the route is optimised for daylighting. The building is divided according to its 3 main functions: laboratories, office/meeting rooms and the main route. The layout progresses from as open as possible to increasingly closed areas. A large and inviting atrium forms the beginning of the stepped main route. Alongside laboratories are situated and the route provides so called experience zones. Technology and service areas are located deeper in the building. The top floor provides workplaces with a wide variety of office and meeting spaces as well as flex spaces, team spaces and focus and brainstorm areas.

experience zones  

The experience zones can be used for a meeting or just a talk with a colleague or customer. There is a good view of the work process, without disturbing the researchers. The transparent walls allow visitors to have a good look at the laboratories. The research mainly concerns the analysing of yeast, but the business unit Tase, Texture & Health is also concerned with optimising plant-based dairy products. Test panels in the experience zones assess new products for taste, smell and mouth feel.

healthy work environment  

Daylight is carefully tailored to its use: floor-to-ceiling windows that bring daylight deep into the building are alternated with strips with integrated solar panels. This way, we create a pleasant and healthy working environment on the one hand, while on the other, the facade contributes to low fossil energy consumption. Lush plants and the interior finish of natural materials such as wood, bamboo, roughly woven fabrics and warm colours will also make it a pleasant place to be. All and all the aim is to create a building as sustainable as possible with a healthy working environment in the broadest sense. To achieve this, we are working to achieve the BREEAM-Outstanding as well as the WELL Platinum certificate.


  • client: DSM Delft
  • investor: ASR Dutch Science Park Fund
  • interior design: cepezedinterieur
  • building physics & sustainability: abt
  • constructions: pieters bouwtechniek
  • installations: Huygen installatie adviseurs
  • main contractor: De Vries en Verburg
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