The sharp-thinking Ameloot family ensures Delta Light keeps progressing with a striking expansion
Proud, witty, ambitious, light-hearted. Those are just some of the words that come to mind when describing the charismatic Ameloot family, founders of Delta Light.
Founded in Belgium 25 years ago with Paul Ameloot, sons Peter and Jan now join their father at the helm to further cement the global lighting business.
Peter, Paul and Jan Ameloot
The company quickly progressed and expanded across the world while maintaining a strong base at the Belgium headquarters. In 2006 Delta Light boldly shifted their headquarters south from Roeselare to a new building in Moorsele 'The House of Light', which turned into a key step for the company.
Now presented in over 120 countries worldwide, Delta Light reached a point where it was clear that the Belgium headquarters required an expansion to keep up with the rapidly progressive enterprise.
Meeting growing logistical needs, the expansion of internal research and development, worldwide growth and extra storage space were the predominant motives for the headquarters extension.
Paul Ameloot said, 'Since it was founded, Delta Light has focused on in-house design, product development and production. This creative process requires constant alertness and the use of new technologies.'
'If we are to realise the company's ambitions in terms of innovation and R&D, we are going to need a lot of extra space.'
Bruges architect Damiaan Vanhoutte of Govaert & Vanhoutte was called upon to design the expansion of the West Flanders location, adding extra height and width to take the building to a comfortable 37,500sq m. Damiaan has designed the previous headquarters and maintains a sound friendship with Paul built on mutual professional respect.
Hearing Peter Ameloot talk about the project, you can detect the ethos of passion, forward-thinking ideas and powerful work ethic the family encompasses. Not to mention all the while an underlying humorous notion that makes the Ameloot family so likeable.
'When Damiaan showed us the plans for the first time we were immediately excited, it's difficult to explain in English but something in ourselves said we have to do this, whether we need this building or not! It was always an emotional decision instead of a purely rational decision,' says Peter.
The building is not only an icon of the business but a key element in enhancing the relationship between Delta Light and its visitors - some 3,000 every year - such as designers, architects, clients, and of course the staff.
The expansion provides a networking space for the company
Jan Ameloot says of the 5,500sq m expansion, it is there to benefit, 'not only for the visitors but for our own people, who can live and work, here, in an inspiring, high-quality work environment.'
Jan Ameloot at the Delta Light Grand Opening table discussion