In the design for an office building for Directie Noordzee, VMX developed a scheme for a generic user, which could provide a maximum flexibility of use. Yet in doing so, a more unique character than the standard office from the developers market has been achieved. By separating facilities, vertical circulation and technical elements from the pure office working space, a level of abstraction has been achieved in this office building. The powerful works of Rijkswaterstaat have served as a model.
The main building is a robust volume, 18 meters wide and 33 meters long. Four 32-metre high towers stand outside the main volume and are connected to it by glazed links. On the ground floor there are the public functions. The wide-span structure requires only four columns inside the perimeter. Therefore, all kinds of layouts are possible, from open plan to cellular office spaces. The staircases, elevators, sanitary spaces and service ducts are located within the four towers. The massiveness of the main building is reinforced by the treatment of the facade materials. The office volume has a monolithic enclosure of blue ceramic tiles with circular aluminium windows set at two different heights. The design of the outside space is simple yet subtle. High-quality materials are used to create a parking landscape.
|Costs||10 million Euro|