Space organised using city concept of streets and boulevards“The new way of working had already been introduced in our Amsterdam office and proved very successful so that is the vision we wanted to continue with this building.” explains Freek Leber, Royal HaskoningDHV Architect. “However, it is a unique building and required different solutions.”
Designed by David Zuiderhoek in the 1970s, the building is a superb example of structuralist architecture and had been among the first open plan offices in the Netherlands. The glass-covered office appears to hover within the surrounding woodland and internally is similarly dramatic with large open floorspaces surrounding a lush atrium. We had recently renovated the building with a new glass facade raising its energy label from G to A.
To organise and improve the interior, a city with streets and boulevards was envisaged. The flooring colour distinguishes between walking routes and workplaces. The atrium equates to a boulevard where people can meander and chat, prompting the ad hoc encounters and discussions that inspire creativity and innovation. The office perimeter has been opened up with walking routes and informal meeting spaces so everyone can enjoy the interaction between the building and its natural surroundings. Indoor plants reinforce this interaction and respond to a desire from staff for the building to feature lots of internal greenery.