This exciting office-jungle in a glass cocoon is an energy-neutral and circular plug-in retrofit for empty industrial real-estate. It integrates all facilities and luxuries an exciting co-operative office environment can wish for today. The Crystal Forest is a modular system that can be built and removed quickly on virtually any location, is entirely self-contained. It offers a feasible business case for a wide variety of real estate challenges, including adaptive re-use of industrial hertiage.

Innovation in our own backyard

The Crystal Forest was born when we set out to find a new office for ourselves in Amsterdam, found an abandoned historical shipyard, and fell in love. We wanted the most amazing and inspiring office environment for ourselves to work in, and put our best ideas together to make it work. In the process, we realized this makes sense in so many other places, there's empty industrial real estate everywhere. So we put our own office plans on hold for a bit, and started working on a universal concept, available to everyone. And here it is.

Pick it up and move on

The Crystal Forest has a modular structure that adapts itself to any configuration, is disassembled and moved as quickly as it is built. This way the material investment retains its value, even when the future of the industrial site is not clear for the long term.


Happy Green Jungle

The plants don't just look amazing, they're a vital part of the Crystal Forest's operations. Rain water is collected and automatically fed into the planters, nutrients added along the way. The plants filter the air, and condition and humidify it when necessary. Food producing modules based on hydroponic and aquaponic systems are available to slot right in.

Research on nature in office environments show that direct access to substantial, real, nature such as in the Crystal Forest can cut sick-days, stress and physical complains significantly, while improving concentration and satisfaction. And we're all about statisfaction.

Turn-key solutions

Based on our experience with setting up innovation communities and other co-location offices, we've built a turn-key business model for the implementation of the Crystal Forest model. We offer this service, complete down to the internet connection, reception staff, and coffee machines. 


Plenty of factories

In every city there are the remnants of the industrial revolution, as well as emtpy large warehouses from later eras. While they can be impressive and inspiring, these buildings are challenging redevelopment projects, financially, structurally and functionally. The buildings are not originally meant for human habitation. Heating, ventilation, and safe working environments are often costly to realize. In addition, the monumental state of some buildings prohibit typical adjustments to the building, making any redevelopment task a major undertaking.

The Crystal Forest system is designed for just these situations. It is a lightweight, light-impact system that can be slotted into any space easily, as a turn-key plug-in solution. It is an energy neutral, fully fitted out office environment that is ideal for modern co-location concepts, innovation communities, and incubators.

Its lively plant-filled environment is attractive, healthy, and offers a multitude of additional possibilities, including on-site hydroponic farming, education and conference centers, and entertainment purposes.

Your own Crystal Forest?

Interested if a Crystal Forest can fit your industrial location?  They are available from 400 square meters. Contact Jeroen van der Vlist to find out about the possibilities.

May 20, 2013

Project team

  • Tom Bosschaert


  • Arjan Luiten

    Duurzaam Ruimtelijk Ontwerper & Architect
    Except Integrated Sustainability

  • Erik Westerduin

    Business Developer
    Except Integrated Sustainability

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