Case study

Rode Olifant Offices

Rode Olifant tension blinds down
Rode Olifant tension half down
Rode Olifant Offices - Guthrie Douglas
Rode Olifant tension blinds
Rode Olifant Offices - Guthrie Douglas
Space Rode Olifant


Internal façades

Building type

Commercial Office


Sevil Peach Architecture + Design and Maarten Jamin Interieur Architectuur

Delivery Partner

Luxaflex Nederlands B.V

Main contractor

De Combi




Amsterdam, Netherlands

Iconic building benefits from new light control system

The Rode Olifant building, which now houses offices, was was built back in 1924. In 2012-2013 is was restored by current owner NSI and transformed to office spaces rented out to a company called Spaces. The unique red brick building designed in the Amsterdam School architectural style is an iconic landmark on the city’s skyline.

Veldhuis Zonwering were commissioned by Spaces to install light control within the building. Dealing with Luxaflex Nederlands they chose the Guthrie Douglas TESS™120 rail-guided tension system to provide shade to the office spaces. The tension systems offer uniformity along the sloping glazed wall. Helioscreen Serge 3% fabric was specified in Linen/White to be in keeping with the modern interior whilst the 3% openness factor provides low direct light transmission and has good view through to the outside.

The TESSTM120 system was designed to minimise the load imposed on the structure. The aluminium frame retains the tension force of the blind, and the weight of the system is distributed via multiple fixing points. This means that the systems could be fixed at the specified height leaving a section of glazing uncovered.

Controlled via Somfy IO Oximo digital motors the tension blinds provide an easy to use solution, which creates an optimum working environment for the staff using the offices.

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