Production Decor And Furniture: Bruns
Av And Lightning Hardware: Mansveld
Artwork: Rina van der Weij
Interactive Games: YiPP interactive people
Kinect Games: The First Floor
Light Design: Rapenburg Plaza
More than one hundred Dutch designers, engineers and builders worked together on the scenography for nest. Tinker involved many other creative companies in the project, including Bruns (engineering and production) and Mansveld (AV and lighting technics).
The Swiss Concept Consult Architects renovated the industrial heritage site and covered it with a magnificent glass roof and steel construction. Underneath, Tinker designed a large, floating, organic world made up of white, flowing forms and containing a dozen playful exhibits. Also the first factory houses parts of the experience. The old bakery has given a new live as Café Henri and the original Villa became offices and event venue. The € 45 million experience nest (architecture and scenography) opened to visitors from 15 June 2016.
The big idea behind nest was simply to become more transparent and engage in an honest and involved dialogue about what the company stands for. Visitors will receive an interactive and personal look behind the scenes. They will accompany the enterprise on a journey through the past, present and future. Nestlé displays its diversity across five different zones, with ‘care, enjoy, improve & share’ as the motif.
An eye-catching feature in Piazza, the central atrium, is a life-size tree composed of more than 1200 flowers handmade from various product packages. From here people enter the historic factory building and start with Fondations: an authentic, timed attraction, which brings visitors back to when the company was established in the 19th century. The innovation here lies in the use of early cinema techniques developed during the same industrial age. By combining shadow plays, magic lanterns, ombres Chinoise and more, illusion becomes reality.
The next zone Zeitgeist is devoted to 150 years of history and links Nestlé’s products, images and stories to iconic moments in world history. The space occupies two storeys and is almost a museum in itself. Inside there is a magical treasure room with a selection of very special objects, such as the prototype for the first Nespresso machine.
Leaving the past we move to the present-day: Forum uses interactive ways to make visitors conscious of the social challenges in nutrition and health and appeals to collective responsibility. The actions of all of the visitors influence a surprising light installation at the heart of the room.
Visions is the grand finale of nest. It consists of a spectacular world under the glass roof and symbolises the future. Visitors experience the passion of scientists and their creative innovations through games and a VR experience. Children have their own discovery journey that leads them through nest.