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dsm-firmenich's business unit taste, texture & health


dsm-firmenich's 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 route continues in the building. The design is open and inviting, reflecting dsm-firmenich's desire to be transparent towards the world outside.

  • client(s)
  • DSM Delft
  • location
  • Biotech Campus Delft
  • user(s)
  • dsm-firmenich
  • discipline(s)
  • cepezed

three 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 three main functions: laboratories, office/meeting rooms and experience zones. The layout also progresses from as open as possible to increasingly closed areas. A large and inviting atrium forms the beginning of a stepped route along which experience zones are located. Many laboratories are situated alongside the 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, focus and brainstorming areas.

experience zones  

The experience zones are pleasant to spend time with a colleague or customer, for example. There is a good view of the work progress, without disturbing them. From optimising plant-based dairy products to analysing yeast, the transparent walls allow visitors to have a good look at the laboratories. There is also room for tasting: test panels assess new products for taste, smell and mouth feel.

healthy work environment  

Daylighting is carefully tailored to its use: floor-to-ceiling windows that bring daylight deep into the building are alternated with strips covered 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 soon make it a pleasant place to be.

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 BREAAM-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

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