The distinctive black cube on the Johan Huizingalaan (next to the A4 and A10 ringway) was originally built as IBM’s typewriter factory / headquarters. After IBM left its premises, several developers prepared large-scale area development with offices as its main focus.
After these plans were never realized, the area (The Riekerpolder) became one of the prime examples of a mono-functional office district like so many others that have emerged in recent years in the Netherlands. An unattractive proposition as it turned out and “For Rent” signs disfigured many offices in this area, without any tangible result.
Founders Guus, Ricardo and Bas decided to take action. The office building, with her excesses – large floors, accessibility, and robustness – afforded an opportunity to do things differently. Today, it is the lively center of B. where innovators meet. ‘B.1’ houses 350 pioneering companies, rooftop restaurant Bureau, a rooftop park, coffee lounges and a cinema and gym.