“Thanks to the unique approach and with a creative philosophy, Arjen van der Cruijsen has created a complete and unique concept for ‘our’ light. Arjen has helped us fantastic in this and executed the complete design for us. (…) We enjoy the result every day!”
Thanks to the unique approach and with a creative philosophy, Arjen van der Cruijsen has created a complete and unique concept for ‘our’ light. Arjen has helped us fantastic in this project and executed the complete design for us. Light is indispensable to bring spaces to life. We enjoy the result every day!
M. – Private
“(…) His final design naturally went further than illuminating the building. In his view, the building being situated beside the motorway, it had to be able to communicate with passers-by and to respond to events in the city through pixel lines integrated in the architecture and the option to change colour (…) ”
The question if we wanted to cooperate in a design for the lighting of our new town hall as his master graduation assignment was the reason for my introduction to Arjen. His broad work experience with available techniques and fixtures had clearly unleashed a true passion for the creative application of light.
His final design naturally went further than illuminating the building. In his view, the building being situated beside the motorway, it had to be able to communicate with passers-by and to respond to events in the city through pixel lines integrated in the architecture and the option to change colour. Linking control via software to things such as social media, polls or even the weather, means that the building can be experienced differently every time. By choosing ‘wet blue’, the light blue of chrome-tanned leather, as base color, a complete lighting concept evolved inspired by the rich history and still flourishing leather and shoe industry of Waalwijk and the Langstraat. This can thus be used as a unique selling point and support the ambitions in the economic, ecological and social field, such as making the central area more attractive for visitors. The foundation for (partial) realisation was laid with an exhibition in the town hall, where various light artworks created by him could also be seen. Council members were inspired by his enthusiasm and a starting budget became available. From that moment we have been working together intensively to further expand the concept. The ease with which Arjen switches between vision, concept and implementation means that we can work flexibly and effectively. Not only useful but also necessary if you want to win more and more parties for the project.
For the opening of their new regional office, Rabobank had Arjen design a projection on a number of monumental workers’ houses in the adjacent city garden. The (wet blue) lighting plan for the atrium of their office was already made by him and the exterior facades have since been added. This made the wet blue core in the center a fact, which is now being further developed through a partnership between the municipality, Rabobank and the Center Management Foundation. Arjen is still on board as a driving force and inspiration. Five selected projects are on the agenda for this year and in the fall we will temporarily put some of Waalwijk’s icons ‘in the blue’ again as a catalyst. Upshifting with an app for the route comes in sight. Connecting more objects together in the coming years to strengthen the economic and cultural-historical impact and charge gives the involved parties energy.
Lex van Gent – Program Manager city centre for the Municipality of Waalwijk
“(…) A very comprehensive plan with a clear vision. Arjen thinks along with us and ensures coherence in the bigger story. Arjen’s creations are truly an experience for users and visitors … ”
Arjen provided both for the inside and the outside of our regional office themed lighting and has created lighting for the Hooisteeg for us. All this based on the concept Wet Blue, which he devised together with us and the municipality of Waalwijk. A very comprehensive plan with a clear vision. Arjen thinks along with us and ensures coherence in the bigger story. Arjen’s creations are actually an experience for users and visitors. His designs bring in a new history.
Peter Konijnenburg – Chairman of the Rabobank De Langstraat
“(…) Arjen has met all our requirements. He is creative, flexible and enthusiastic and switches effortlessly between design, implementation and technology. We have become literally visible through the efforts of Arjen. We enjoy every day … ”
HERE Technologies develops location technology and operates worldwide. For our office in Eindhoven, we approached Studio Arjen van der Cruijsen with the request to make a lighting design to make our logo visible during the day and in the evening, which is important for our employees and for brand awareness. The assignment was to integrate our logo into the design of the building and in such a way that it does not obscure the view out or block the incidence of daylight for our employees.
The result is impressive: the building has been given an identity without being intrusive, from far and near, being visible in a stylish way without removing light or sight. Extra special is that our logo can change color during events so that we as HERE Technologies can always respond to current events and events in and around the city.
Arjen has met all our requirements. He is creative, flexible and enthusiastic and switches effortlessly between design, implementation and technology. We have become literally visible through the efforts of Arjen. Every day we enjoy the beautiful appearance of our logo that towers above Eindhoven station. Partly because of this, our employees are proud of their work (place). I am extremely satisfied with the end result and the collaboration with Studio Arjen van der Cruijsen.
Leon van de Pas – [SVP IoT Business Group and site leader]
“We wanted a lighting design for the central main building of our Safari Resort that was in keeping with the African architecture, experience and atmosphere of and around the building. We also wanted to create a moonlight effect on the savannah, where the animals are walking. Realising this effect seemed impossible. But we succeeded, partly due to (…) ”
For the centrally located main building of our Safari Resort, we wanted a lighting design that matched the African architecture, experience and atmosphere of and around the building. We also wanted to create a moonlight effect on the savannah, where the animals are. Realising this effect seemed impossible. Both to simulate the effect and not to disturb the welfare of the animals. Yet this has succeeded, partly due to the knowledge and skills of Arjen van der Cruijsen.
When it gets dark, the light above the savannah gradually changes color until the effect of moonlight is achieved. The entrance building has been highlighted in an inviting and appropriate way. An African sunset was simulated with light on the terrace behind.
I look back on a good and pleasant collaboration with Arjen van der Cruijsen. Arjen has a lot of knowledge about light, is creative and switches quickly between design and technical implementation. We and our guests are enthusiastic about the result!
Niels de Wildt – director of Libéma holiday parks
“In the lighting design, daylight is used as much as possible. (…) This makes a car look exactly the same inside as outside, and we need minimal use of artificial light. (…) The result is a showroom where both our employees and our customers are happy to be. I am very satisfied with (…) ”
For the Autotron Exclusive Cars showroom, we asked Studio Arjen van der Cruijsen to make a lighting design. We instructed Arjen to create a luxurious look and feel, to take daylight into account, to give every car equal attention and to ensure that a car looks the same inside as outside.
Daylight is used as much as possible in the lighting design. Daylight roof lights ensure that the experience in the showroom changes with the passing of the day. This makes a car look exactly the same inside as outside, and we need a minimal use of artificial light. In addition, every car is highlighted with spots, so that every car receives the same amount of attention. This also gives the room the desired luxury appearance.
The result is a showroom where both our employees and our customers are happy to be. I am very satisfied with the knowledge and skills of and collaboration with Studio Arjen van der Cruijsen.
Dirk Lips – General Director Libéma
“(…) It makes a world of difference. With that all has been said. We heartily recommend it to all our customers.”
Vannimwegen is a consulting agency with the motive: ‘brings out the best’: We love helping our clients achieve their ideals. We recognize a kindred spirit in Arjen van der Cruijsen. Unmistakably creative and able to fly, but just as pragmatically and down to earth when needed. We moved to a retail space that we renovated ourselves. It was completely our way. And yet it was not completely comfortable. Our conference room remained ‘chilly’ and we quickly became tired behind our desks. “You should ask Arjen,” said a friend of the office. Arjen came, didn’t speak much, but looked.
“I know,” he said after a few minutes. He gave us three pieces of advice. All as useful as affordable. He told us where we could order and offered to help construct… but that we could ourselves.
It makes a world of difference. With that all has been said.
We heartily recommend him to all our customers.
Erik-Jan Hopstaken – Director Vannimwegen