AMSTELDOK

Amsterdam's new creative powerhouse.

IN BRIEF

When leading communication services multinational WPP decided to brand its new Amsterdam campus, they turned to us, to develop a name, brand identity and overall attitude and tone of voice. Not only did the identity need to capture the creative DNA of all 15 of WPP’s Dutch agencies and their sum total of 1500 employees, it also needed to establish the campus as an important new landmark in the city of Amsterdam. 

The end result was a total brand identity immersed into every aspect of the campus – from logotype, iconography, wayfinding to custom furniture, interactive installations and statement walls. Moving forward, the conceptual framework we created will be applied to other WPP campuses around the world.

WHAT WE DID
We named the campus Amsteldok. It’s name referencing the campus’s location on the banks of the Amstel River, and the city’s status as an important gateway to Europe. We wanted a logotype that was directly inspired by the physical structure and found the Amsterdam School of Architecture – an expressive 20th century style predominant throughout the area – an important inspiration. 

We envisioned a dynamic logotype and typographic language that fully embraced the campus strategy as a ‘breathing space that breaks down walls’. Design would contribute to the location as an inspiring living entity, not just another corporate office building. A campus that breathes creativity and collaboration.

EMBEDDING BRANDING
Like all signature Amsterdam School structures, we embedded the identity into the physical campus: tactile hero signage, typographic floor furniture, etched wall renderings, crafted directory totem and embossed counters. The logotype also functions as a template for all online/digital programming and communication – from digital posters, announcements and social events (speakers programs).

Wayfinding was also an integral part of the spatial experience. We designed playful wayfinding icons that reflect familiar Dutch things – bike icons that look like the ones you find on Amsterdam streets, glass icons in the shape of Heineken glasses and a range of classic Dutch car icons.

‘We wanted to develop a brand identity for our campus in Amsterdam that reflected both the vision and the values of our company, while celebrating the environment and city in which the building is set. VBAT delivered on every level.’

MAX HOLLIDAY
Head of Real Estate EMEA, WPP

15

WPP agencies

1500

Inspired inhabitants

9

Floors

1

Uniting identity