A sustainable generic office building
TU Delft, 2011
During my Master studies at TU Delft I designed this generic
office building in Amsterdam which was to be environmentally and
economically sustainable, follow the site's official master plan
restrictions and achieve a maximum of square metres at the same
time. Constant optimisation in plan was accompanied by the
detailed development of the façade system, an important aspect
of the energy concept. My design was determined by four goals:
1| Identity - three specifiable volumes help to differentiate the appearance and
improve the organisation of the large office block. By formally
separating the volumes each part gets its own identity and
becomes an attractive address for a potential tenant.
2| View - the slightly angled building volumes increase the views
on the Ij and with it the area of prime office space. The slight
indentation also enlarges the courtyards hence more indirect
light can enter the offices on the lower floors.
3| Connection - three generous semi-public atria are cut out of the
building volumes. Through numerous visual connections employees
can take part in each others daily routine and interact with one
another. The atria also provide exciting views directly or
through the building towards the city and the Ij respectively.
4| Comfort - also the building's micro climate profits from the cut
out spaces that contain trees, water features and enable cross
ventilation. The façade and floor construction ensure maximum
user comfort and energy savings on a smaller scale. Offices can
be naturally ventilated thanks to a second individually
adjustable external glass element for each window. Angled prefab
façade units have a sun shading effect and concrete core
activation of the floor slabs efficiently heat and cool the work
space avoiding temperature asymmetries.