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Our studio is based in De Gruyter Fabriek in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, and it has become time to tell a little more about our own special workplace.
In 1818 Piet de Gruyter opened a horse grinder. The company grew and at the end of the 19th century a coffee roasting and a cocoa factory were built in the city center of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. The food giant De Gruyter existed for 150 years and was once the largest employer of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Who does not know “The candy of the week”?
The retail chain of ‘De Gruyter’ consisted of several stores and in 1933 the construction of the enormous factory complex with an office building and factory halls on the Veemarktkade started. Because of the favorable location near the train station and water this place was ideal. The construction was done in stages and during the Second World War the construction stopped completely.
It was not until 1956 that construction was completed. After 1976, when the retail chain was taken over by SHV and the Spar, the complex was empty for a long time. To save the building from demolition, the BIM decided to renovate the building and transform it so that it would continue to exist.
In 2010, an ambitious plan was started: after a major renovation, De Gruyter Fabriek had to regain a prominent place in the business sector of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. This time as a location for the creative industry.
The Gruyter Fabriek is owned by BIM and, as you will see, it has been able to successfully reuse this old industrial heritage in a modern way. Today, it is again very busy. The beautiful industrial heritage accommodates 185 companies. This goes from one-man businesses to larger companies. The largest collection of creative and innovative entrepreneurs and artists in the Netherlands. The diversity leads to new collaborations, the dynamic location inspires. It is bustling again on the site where ones the largest employer of ‘s-Hertogenbosch was located.
A few examples of companies and studio’s that are to be found in De Gruyter Fabriek:
Irma Bulkens Photography
Irma Bulkens Photography (since 2005) makes clear and powerful photos with a Dutch look, for brands and people, companies and organizations, magazines and newspapers. She works for clients such as HEMA, Zeeman, Praxis and ANWB, but also for Quest, De Volkskrant, Trouw, Vrij Nederland, Brabant Zorg and Gemeente ‘s-Hertogenbosch. In addition, she initiates community art projects and teaches about photography in the form of courses and workshops. Her work is represented by photo agency Hollandse Hoogte and can be seen in various publications.
In the middle of the raw ‘Bossche’ industry is their quirky studio. An inspiring place where they work on graphic design for ambitious clients. Clients who enjoy their work just as much as they do. They develop and reward the Design profession like no other. In order to achieve their quirky designs, they combine traditional work with digital design. Whether it is for a high-end label, a community or a festival. It is their passion to visually touch the target group.
Tarra Architecture & Urban Building
The architectural concept tare represents the difference between gross and net, the difference between building and use. It is the tare in which the architect can distinguish himself and add quality to the assignment. Tare is the drawing of the building and thus the handwriting of the architect. Tarra is architecture and urban development. Tarra makes clear and concrete proposals for buildings and areas. Tarra listens, draws, organizes, designs, delegates, interprets, tries, defines, sketches and combines. On behalf of the government, (construction) management agencies, project developers, profit and non-profit organizations and private individuals. Tarra finds it very important that quality can be delivered within the set budget and by appointment.