Sander Architecten designs cardboard meeting rooms for a bank


Sander Architecten has created giant cylinders of cardboard and paper to enclose meeting rooms inside the headquarters for financial services advisor Radobank in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

It includes multi-ply cardboard, layered to create textured patterns on the surface of a cylinder, translucent Japanese paper on a second cylinder, and springy lanterns that surround circular skylights. Timber screens and furniture fill the surrounding open-plan areas.

“The collaboration with Ellen was professional and fantastic. An intensive project like this one included difficult moments, but we always managed to find a solution. For example, Ellen used the existing top lights in the plinth to the utmost advantage. They mark and illuminate the various meeting pavilions. She knew how to make the best possible use of the existing space,” said Piet van Schijndel, board member, Rabobank.


The meeting pavilions designed by Sander Architecten are made from washi paper and paperboard. In combination with the Chinese lantern from washi paper suspended from the skylight, a distinctively tactile experience is created. The paperboard pavilion, which features attractive patterns created by the different uses of the material, is particularly inviting to touch.

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