most architecture: brandbase pallet
most architecture: brandbase pallet
sep 27, 2010

most architecture: brandbase pallet

brandbase pallet project by most architecture all photos by rogier jaarsma courtesy most architecture




most architecture were commissioned by amsterdam company brandbase to design a temporary space for their new office location. because of its impermanence, the client proposed a low-budget renovation, in which most architecture decided to employ 270 shipping pallets to shape and inform the workplace.


the open concept suits the advertising agency’s collaborative approach, whereby long workstations made from stacked pallets create a casual work environment, which occupies a typical dutch canal house–a structure that stands tall and narrow–that is 27 meters deep, with a back area divided by a split level.


the interior has been painted completely white, providing a homogeneous base for the pallet structures. outside of forming the furniture, the employed low-cost material is used architecturally to build the staircases.



most architecture: brandbase palletview of the ground floor work area



most architecture: brandbase palletpallets are employed in the construction of the office furniture



most architecture: brandbase palletthe inexpensive material is also used to create the staircases leading workers between floors



most architecture: brandbase palletupstairs attic area houses individual workspaces



most architecture: brandbase palleta stepped arrangement of pallets creates the desks and flooring platforms



most architecture: brandbase palletprofile of some of the pallet constructions



most architecture: brandbase palletmeeting room


project info:


architects: most architecture client: brandbase bv location: brouwersgracht 246, amsterdam design: may 2010 completion: july 2010 number of pallets: 270 pieces surface: 245 m2 building sum: 50.000 euro photo credits: rogier jaarsma

  • nice space and nice choice of chairs
    the pallets would have benefitted from a lighter touch

    IMO says:
  • great idea!

    mat says:
  • I think this is just ugly. It looks awfully cramped. Pity those who have to be there every day.

    Robespiere says:
  • A very attractive yet highly flammable office.

    Paul says:
  • The board room is the most successful space I think but why create furniture and space only by stacking the pallets? Interesting design concept taken to the extreme…. were there any other iterations?

    rich says:
  • I really like it! would pimp my own office into a new space 😉

    miriam says:
  • The concept is cool, yet the architect did not designed this office structually. This is a typical example of ”look only – do not touch” architecture. Offices generate dust, and lots of it! those pallet stacks are ideal for storing dust particles. Who the hell will clean this thing???

    ANd i hope those pallets are treated with water and fireproof coating!

    Sahin says:
  • I love th concept of the office.
    May i say ‘out of the box’.
    Pity, very few people subscribe to such overtures in design and fewer still will agree from the maintenance point of view.

    Very low cost though.

    Ravi S Chauhan says:
  • I would have liked it if they had used real pallets and not designed and used their own. Using real ones would make it a larger and more interesting design challenge. I don’t think it can be truly considered recycled if you build your own.

    Anne says:
  • Love the design and its concept!
    @Anne..looking at the brandmarks on the pallets they are real europallets

    Paul says:
  • Are Dutch pallets constructed differently than American ones? I’ve met many a pallet in my life, and every one was full of nails and other bits of metal, treated with cyanide, and constructed using the cheapest quality of wood possible.

    So were these ‘pallets’ special order or do the Dutch just have more ‘pride’ in their disposable materials that they use a higher grade construction?

    TheMerricat says:
  • this is the worst thing I’ve ever seen

    gabe says:
  • @ Anne & TheMerricat:

    europallets are standardized, and were promoted heavily from the German logistics world, and now in widespread use in Western Europe. They are sturdier than generic and single-use pallets, in fact pools exist where a standard fee is levied in exchange for a pallet delivery.

    On the office: great, but think of:
    – all the splinters
    – the broken necks from the uneven floor, especially next to the top stairs

    Where do these guys leave their paper?

    Pallet Expert #1 says:
  • Now that I have looked at the pictures on a normal monitor (instead of on a mobile`s screen) I see that it is a mix of Euro-pallets and custom made pallets that do bear a Euro-logo but that are clearly a notch above normal pallets in their finishing and plank layout.

    Pallet Expert #1 says:
  • @Sahin destroyed this work. Good idea, bad realization. Imho, he is damn right. Useless.

    Ivan says:
  • EVERY person commenting has no appreciation for creativity, can’t enjoy people that think out of the box, and probably have NO FUN in their day, week, or month……

    alive and kickin' says:
  • @alive and kickin’: we all appreciate creativity, but a useless creativity leads to just one thing: a boring useless mass. plus, if you like just to watch and don’t touch, i have nothing against, and so we can say that this work is “not bad”. but the point remains: why spend money for architecture/furnitures you can’t use? the big (but easy) question for the most life/furniture designers today, that they still keep ignore

    Ivan says:
  • All, thanks for the comments!
    @pallet expert: you have a keen eye on the pallets. Its indeed a mix of europallets and half europallets (which are recomposed of whole ones). We chose to sand all pallets to prevent people getting injured by splinters. That’s why the color of the pallets is more even than usually the case is with used pallets. For the desks we made some on site modifications, took out the blocks and replaced the bottom planks.
    @Ivan: the images might suggest that the structure cant be used. Think we should have made some of the working days..that would have given a better understanding of its use.. its real fun to see the people freely sit on the pallets and work on their laptops..

    Paul of MOST Architecture says:
  • rubbish rubbish rubbish

    sexy says:
  • i can see for what they were aiming – but i can also see that they completely missed.

    dparks says:
  • pure SHIT

    Jan says:

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