Casa K by PEÑA architecture

Transformation of museum to house
The former Kralings Museum at the Hoflaan has been transformed starting in 2010 into a luxury apartment building. The building contains three apartments with a communal entrance and an elevator that offers access to the upper floors. The Casa K project involves the street level apartment which consists of two layers: a ground floor of 195 m2 and a basement of 90 m2. The apartment has a garden of over 600 m2.

A new design for the project Casa K has been developed for the two levels using and adapting the existing installation structure in de building. The design challenge was to turn the windowless basement and the ground floor into one unified space while still adhering to the city’s preservation requirements pertaining to the Hoflaan area. In addition, the architect had to design the interior including all the closets in the office, bedroom and storage room. The kitchen is fully customized based upon collaboration between the architect and the client. A lighting plan has been designed, and materials and colours for the whole house have been chosen.

The key element of the design is a walnut cube which begins on the ground floor and protrudes through the first floor living room where the cube forms a raised platform. In the living room, the cube is surrounded by walkable glass. The cube determines by its size and position the division of the space and therefore provides a clear distinction between the front and rear parts of the living room.

The raised platform in the living room is suitable for various applications such as seating or lounging. The stairs to the cube give access to the basement where a small bathroom is built into the cube. The glass around the cube in the living room allows daylight to penetrate the basement. Three small windows in the street facade provide additional natural light.

Walnut is employed for the cube as well as for the cooking island and the office. The combination of walnut with the colour black is an integral element in the apartment. Thus, the handrail is made out of black painted steel, like the kitchen door. In the kitchen and the hallway, black fittings are used.

The closets in the house are of different colours. In the kitchen, the cabinets are finished in an aluminium colour. The bookshelves in the reading area are in dark grey stained wood.

Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Client: Confidential
Design: PEÑA architecture
Project architect: Gabriel Peña construction: Steinvoort BV, Rotterdam furnitures: 13speciaal, Rotterdam
Lighting: LichtNL, Rotterdam gross floor area: 285 M2, 600 M2 garden
Status: completed 2013

source: pena-architecture.com

NTI Head office by Liong Lie architects

Liong Lie Architects has designed the new interior of the NTI head office in Leiden, Holland. NTI stands for more than 70 years of cutting-edge distance education.

The new learning according to NTI is the ideal combination of online learning and classroom meetings.

The assignment was to link flexible working and learning to a strong brand experience of NTI (‘Flexible learning starts here’) and achieving maximum effect with limited means: ready-made elements are used in such a way that they look special and create a maximum effect.

The colourful corporate identity of NTI shines bright with enthusiasm and exactly that enthusiasm is incorporated in the design of the interior. The corporate colours are also used as a means of orientation and colourful prints of open landscapes enhance the atmosphere.

Varied learning spaces are designed: work lounges, 1 persons focus rooms and also informal learning while sitting at the bar.

The call centre seems an enclosed space with matching acoustics when you are seated, but as you stand up you enter a wide open space where you can have contact with your colleagues.

There’s an open and welcoming atmosphere because of the use of open floor plans and bright colours.

Client: NTI
Location: Schuttersveld 6-16, Leiden
Program: Education, office and callcentre
Total m2: 2200 m²
Total amount of rooms: 7 classrooms: total 500m2
Callcentre: 60 work spaces
Office: 95 work spaces
Architect: Liong Lie Architects
Design team: Liong Lie, Roeland de Jong, Michael Schuurman, Rajiv Sewtahal
Project management: Goed4U, Leidschendam
Photography: Hannah Anthonysz
Timespan: 7 Months: design including realisation
Builders: FDV Groep, Giessenburg
Electrical engineering: Elektro Groeneweg Installatie BV, Rotterdam
Walls: Plan Effect, Geldermalsen
Flooring: Kampschreur BV, Zoeterwoude-dorp
Acoustic panels + prints: in-zee, Schiedam
Security: Hillsafety, Alphen aan den Rijn
Airco: Compair, Capelle aan de IJssel
Interior builders: Dokter Interieurbouw, Barneveld

source: lionglie.com

10x10x10 House by 123DV

Cube island is a suburb in Leidsche Rijn (the centre of the Netherlands) where all the houses are designed as cubes.
The idea behind the 10x10x10 House is to create maximum spacious experience within a simple cube shape.

The floorplan of three stories is divided in a narrow long zone of 2,5 x 9,5 meters and a wide zone of 6,5 x 9,5 meters. This results in outspoken places: intimate spaces for bathing and lofty spaces for living and sleeping.

The void between the wide and narrow spaces is topped with a roof light. Sunlight can penetrate deep into the house. It also allows 10 meter views towards the sky when entering the living room.

Photography: Christiaan de Bruijne

source: 123DV.nl

Supernova by Liong Lie architects

A brand new dimension in congress and events
Supernova is a conference area within the Jaarbeurs Utrecht (the largest fair and conference centre of The Netherlands). The 3500 m2 area includes a foyer and four meeting rooms: one for 454 persons, two meeting rooms for 80 persons each and one meeting room for 460 persons, which can be divided into two smaller rooms. This area will also be the connection between other buildings such as the existing conference center Mediaplaza and a future cinema.

Turn your congress into a cosmic adventure
Supernova adds a brand new dimension to seminars or events – giving it an almost extraterrestrial atmosphere. With this versatile location Jaarbeurs Utrecht and Liong Lie Architects have created a knowledge junction where connection and delivering the right energy is key. Supernova is the meeting point of Holland where knowledge is shared and multiplied.

Spacy design, new insights
Four congress halls with striking and unique designs lead the way to new insights and the discovery of new worlds. The visitors will literally step into a new dimension. They will be welcomed in the TransitZone, a modern and atmospheric place and they will realize that it all starts here. The guests will make a journey. The meeting rooms are designed as space capsules. Each of the three capsules feels like entering a different world. Therefore every capsule is designed as a different object in shape and material. What unites them is that they suggest action, tension, flow.

Together on a voyage of discovery
The congress halls Mission, Quest, Expedition and Progress are perfectly combinable. The design of the halls is sophisticated and the halls are flexible in use and arrangement. Furthermore, all halls are outfitted with the most modern high tech equipment. The right combination of all these elements enables the guests to look forward and to absorb other insights. They will meet other people and will focus on the future.

Unique offer
With Supernova and the location Media Plaza Jaarbeurs Utrecht and Liong Lie Architects create a unique combination for congress and events. Where at Media Plaza everything is about innovation and change, Supernova is all about meeting minds and sharing and multiplying knowledge. This location will make a deep impression on its visitors.

The meeting rooms are designed as capsules. Each of the capsules feel like entering a different world. Therefore every capsule is designed as a different object in shape and material. What unites them is that they all suggest action, tension, flow.

Mission can be split into two separate rooms. The design and the special incidence of light will comfort the visitors to stimulate entering new contacts and the sharing of knowledge. If the Mission is used as one big space, then more than 430 guests can be received. On the outside the white corian façade represents the clean and austere effect to be found in science fiction spaces. The 4 meter high façade is designed as a continuous plane. Light strips behind the panels enhance this effect and are spread over the whole façade. Inside, custom designed vertical lights and transparent enlightened panels with a print of the universe are used for the ceiling. In combination with a mirroring strip at the top part of the wall this creates the effect of infinity. The rest of the walls and the floor are united with continued light strips organized as a grid. Black perforated panels on the wall allow the air flow. The rest of the wall and the floor finishing is a black carpet.

Like in theaters the experience of the spaces are not only achieved by shapes, materials and colors: also acoustics, light effects and mirroring effects are part of the experience.

Quest – Expedition
Both the Quest and Expedition room are real space capsules. Here knowledge is literally launched. This place is designed as an engine room. The outside is cladded with mirroring stainless steel sheets. Inside is a world of silver colored metal and black rubber. The floor finish is black rubber, also found in factories. The walls are cladded with aluminum sheets. A 3 meter wide silver coloured fan which can rotate the ceiling is installed to enhance the effect of being in a machine room. The rooms have a capacity of 100 guests and different arrangements are possible.

Progress
The ceiling of Progress looks a bit like a spaceship. Distinctive and unusual. The lines of this special form are directed to the front of the room: the central point where knowledge is shared and panorama views become new insights. The outside is designed as a black box. It is cladded with carbon fiber strips and green led light strips. The different movement of light patterns suggest a stand by effect of the capsule. Inside the walls are cladded with grey fabric and gray perforated aluminum panels (for air flow). A lower echo than usually found in conference rooms of similar size creates a more intimate experience in a wide open space. The ceiling is designed as a 350 m2 UFO seen from below. It is cladded with silver colored aluminum metal panels. Progress has a room capacity of over 470 persons.

TransitZone
The TransitZone provides a warm welcome into another dimension. The TransitZone is like the waiting area of airports before taking off. From here you can enter the different halls. You will feel free from everyday life and realize that the journey has begun. The TransitZone is designed as a dark room isolated from the outside world. 2300 m2 Black and darkness is used to forget were you came from. Black rubber is used for the floor. A black curtain wall is used for the walls. In the ceiling all the installations such as ducts, fans sprinklers are visible and painted black.
Custom designed 4,5 meter circular light rings introduce a different scale. A bar 5×5 m2 is designed in black hardboard panels. Circular holes reveal the second layer of enlightened color sheets.
The seat elements are custom designed by designer Edward van Vliet.

Project data

Client: Jaarbeurs Utrecht BV
Location: Utrecht (Jaarbeurs complex), The Netherlands
Main function: Conference area
Total area: 3500 m²
TransitZone: 2000 m², 1100 persons
Total amount of rooms: 4 conference rooms: 1 for 454 persons, 2 for 80 persons each and 1 for 460 persons
Architect: Liong Lie Architects
Design team: Liong Lie, Roeland de Jong, Rajiv Sewtahal, Jasper Polak, Michael Schuurman, Dagmara Chechelska
Photography: Christiaan de Bruijne
Time span: 7 Months – design including realization
Brand development: Leaders against routine
Co-designer TransitZone furniture: Studio Edward van Vliet
Contractor: Vios Bouwgroep BV
Contractor Interiors: Dokter Interieurbouw, Finitouch Interieurbouw BV
Electrical engineering: Imtech building services BV, Controllux BV
Mechanical engineering: Kropman Installatietechniek BV
Fire protection consultant: EFPC NV
Audio Visual: Heuvelman Sound & Vision
Elevator: Mohringer Liften BV
Escalator: ThyssenKrupp Liften BV
Construction: Aronsohn Constructies Raadgevende Ingenieurs BV

Brewinc Shed Houses by JDWA

As part of the redevelopment of the former Brewinc College into a housing & culture cluster the old practice rooms of this former trade school are transformed into 24 starter homes, with ample outdoor space and integrated parking facilities. With this redevelopment in the centre of Doetinchem a unique combination of “Facilities for the city” and “relaxed living in the centre” is realised.

Masterplan former Brewinc College – The old Brewinc College is the oldest monument of postwar Doetinchem . The typical fifties school consists of some classrooms and some practice rooms with characteristic shed roofs. Through a combination of intensive reuse and demolition/construction this site can become a vibrant place for culture and urban living in Doetinchem city centre. Commissioned by the City of Doetinchem , Johan De Wachter Architects formulated the masterplan for the redevelopment of the entire Brewinc Location. Along with the future users, we drafted the program of requirements and the outline for the “culture cluster” in the former school. The reuse of the former practice rooms and the development of “shed-houses” was an essential part of the urban plan for the Brewinc location. Each shed transformed into a new starter home.

Sturdy loft apartments – Designed by Johan De Wachter Architects bv and realized by the combination Koopmans – Wam & Vanduren the practice rooms of the former technical school were perfectly suited for the realization of unique starter homes with spacious private outdoor space. Despite the compact size of these homes (approx. 80 m²) the light, air and the characteristic atmosphere under the shed roofs are unique living qualities. The spaciousness of the sheds remains optimal. The characteristic structure of the sheds with the white façade frames, the large glass doors and shed roofs continue to set the mood. The sheds are part of the new Brewinc residential court that is part of the route of the Simonsplein to Hamburgerbroek. The court completes this urban network of streets and squares.

The building structure of the Shed houses is not only iconic in the city, but also ensures a special living experience with an industrial touch. The relaxed and open relationship with the outside of the house emphasizes the sturdy and somewhat informal atmosphere in the court. A parking garage for 72 cars is provided at ground level inside the building. The houses fold around the garage so preserving the unique living atmosphere at the court.

Office: JDWA – Johan De Wachter Architects
City: Rotterdam
Country: The Netherlands
Project name: Brewinc Shed Houses
Location: IJsselkade C. Missetstraat, Doetinchem, Nederland
Design team: Johan De Wachter, Marieke van Hensbergen, Kim van Den Hoven, Patricia Mata
Type project: Repurposing of practice rooms of former trade school into 24 starter houses with roof terraces and integrated parking facilities.
Client: Koopmans – WAM&VanDuren
Contractor: WAM&VanDuren
Finished: June 2013
All Images: © JDWA – Johan De Wachter Architecten

Recreational Island House by 2by4-architects

Architects of the Rotterdam based office 2by4-architects designed an unique weekend residence on a 5×100 metres small island on a Dutch lake in the Loosdrechtse Plas area. The house covers all of the requirements of the investor, who intended for the house to be able to adapt to the surrounding nature. One of the glass facades can be opened wide and integrate the wooden terrace into the interior. To achieve even closer relationship between the exterior and interior, a part of the dark wood facade can also be opened up to unveil panoramatic views of the nature and provide access from the living room to the lake.

Despite the limited size of the house, it offers all the functions necessary for a comfortable living. Shower, toilet, kitchen counter, dressers and storage spaces are a part of the wall, which can be changed according to the specific needs and contribute to several different atmospheres along with a fireplace, hanging from the ceiling, which can be turned to face the outside terrace and create beautiful summer evening moments.

photos: inthralld.com

Moses Bridge by RO&AD architecten

Unconventional bridge „under“ (yes, not over – under) a mote of historical Netherlands’ former defense line, leads visitors through a water line without getting wet. Authors of this project are architects of a Netherland-Belgian atelier RO&AD. Unlike any ordinary bridge, the submberged construction does not obstruct the view of surrounding landscape.

It is built of Accoya wood, which makes the bridge not only durable, but also ecologically safe. The wood undergoes a non-toxic process of modification called acetylation, which protects it from molding and raises its form stability. photos: morfae.com

Villa van Lipzig by Loxodrome architects & planners

The property of the Villa van Lipzig in Venlo/Netherlands is a small, narrow stripe on the border of the new development area ´Stalberg´. It is not the usual plot of a villa- and therefore it became very fast, very clear that an extraordinary solution for the stacking of all desired rooms was necessary. On a small footprint a lot of spaces had to be combined. The introduction of the split-level floors solves this problem. With an extra horizontal shift of each floor, the visual connection between the split-levels becomes visible – in- and outside of the Villa.

The lowest two floors consist of the garage and basement facilities. The ground floor includes the large, customized kitchen, a wardrobe and a small guest toilet. The façade of the kitchen is equipped with full-height sliding doors which connect the room to the garden terrace. Up the stairs the living room follows with an open fire place and full oak timber flooring. Full-height sliding doors give a stunning view over the sun terrace into the little forest on the other side of the street. Three bedrooms follow on the higher levels as well as a TV room and another kitchen facility. The roof terrace is equipped with a Jacuzzi and a large freestanding BBQ. The pine tree next to the villa adds another unique feeling to the roof terrace as it gives shadow and a certain ‘grounding’ to the open view above the landscape.

The mixture of closed, narrow spaces and wide, fully glazed rooms make every view on every floor unique. The gaps in between the surrounding buildings are used in their most efficient way. From inside the building you almost don’t recognize the neighbours’ buildings. The view opens into the beautiful wide landscape of the ‘venloër heath’.

The cladding of the façade is made out of two materials: The larger surfaces are filled with rough natural grey slate stone in combination with maranti timber. These areas are framed by flat grey slate stone stripes.

The Villa will be completed in October 2011.

Facade stone: 300/1200*100*60mm//250 m2/ naturally broken surface (fracture)
Ceiling stone slabs: 1200*150*40mm//95 m2// natural surface (cleavage)
Facade slabs (lines within the facade): 1200*450*40mm// 105 m2// sanded/grinded
Ceilingslabs (lines in the ceiling) panels: 1200*450*40mm// 20 m2// sanded/grinded
Sill, cover slab variousdimensions 185 m2 sanded/grinded
Flooring and staircases: 600/750*150*25 -115 m2natural surface (cleavage)

Project: Villa van Lipzig
Adresse of the site: Hinsbeckerweg 19 5915 PT Venlo
Programm: Villa, 630 m2
Design process: 2007 – finished oct. 2011
Architects: Loxodrome architects & planners

source:loxodrome.nl

Dutch Mountain by Denieuwegeneratie

Dutch Mountain is the new family house situated on a historical agricultural lot in a hilly nature reserve. Authors of this project are dutch architects of the Denieuwegeneratie office. Despite the recently planted trees, the lot still reminds of an open field landscape. In order to preserve the natural imagery of the surroundings, the architects decided to embed the house in a manmade hill, which has other advantages, such as thermal insulation, as well.

The northern part of the house is buried in the ground and is also the main access point. The entrance is highlited by cortene panels, while the southern facade of the house is made of glass lined with wooden facework and serves as a terrace. Bedrooms, bathrooms and other necessary spaces are located in the northern part of the house.

photo: blog.gessato.com

Villa Rotonda by Bedaux de Brouwer Architects

Villa Rotonda is a two storey house designed by Pieter and Thomas Bedaux of the Dutch company Bedaux de Brouwer Architects. A strong reference to the style of their grandfather, Josephus Bedaux, who founded the company in 1937 is apparent in their designs. Buildings by this atelier are characterized by minimalistic and modernistic traits. Villa Rotonda is located in Goirle, in the North Brabant province, Netherlands. The house is situated near a busy roundabout, therefore the noise levels needed to be measured prior to construction in order to determine the suitability of the lot for residential purposes. These conditions created the leitmotif of the house with dual character.

The side facing the road with the roundabout evokes a closed impression. The entire facade has only one window. The inner courtyard with a water surface, on the other hand opens the residential spaces to the sunlight and detaches them even further from the noisy street. A long wall is drawn around the northern and western side of the house, creating a protection for the spatious yard. Facades facing the yard are transparent and therefore, connect the interior with the nature outside. The house is clad into light grey brick and dark grey slate tiles on a sharply pitching roof. Robust chimneys on the gables of the house resemble architectonic style of previous generations.

photos: feelguide.com

Red Bull Amsterdam by Sid Lee Architecture

The Red Bull’s business headquarter was fathered by the Netherland-Canadian studio Sid Lee Architecture. A contemporary cave with metal walls and a winding loft-like disposition is settled in a former shipyard next to a harbour in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Three interior wings are lit by typical indurstrial hall lights. The building encompasses a system of metallic and plywood constructions which create spaces not only for the energy drink specialists but also a DJ booth and a recording studio.

The Dive – a canteen engulfed in a crystallic structure of the wooden ceiling, The Crash Room – a lounge lit by neon lights and lastly Holy Shit – toilets with a compelling mosaic of a figure of the Mother of God – a DJ on a karaoke party – these 3 rooms bear testimonies to the creativity of the company, perhaps crossing the boundaries between art and provocation. The offices themselves are not left behind – separated into two parts and surrounded by artworks of Red-Bull cans. In their centre employees can find a meeting and resting space created with perforated sheet metal.

Photo: fastcodesign.com

Smarties, Uithof by Architectenbureau Marlies Rohmer









The building of student dwellings in the complex of buildings belonging to Utrecht University has transformed the Uithof site into a full-fledged campus. It will also help relieve the chronic housing shortage for young people in the city of Utrecht. Within the line of freestanding buildings (‘Objectenstrook’) the master plan designed by OMA, our block of 380 independent and clustered rooms presents itself as a solitary mass with a 20 metre cantilever.

The spectacular main concrete supporting structure consists of four slabs that together form a theatrical single table leg. The ‘leg’ and its rocking bench dramatize the main entrance and create an urban rendezvous which distills the encounters and the to-and- from of all those students. The colossal mass which rests on the main supporting structure consists of upright slabs penetrated by longitudinal tunnels, producing a building with high flexibility which will be a long-lasting addition to the Uithof.

The facade is made up of a grid of multicoloured aluminium panels with omissions for the windows. Seen from a distance, the colours coalesce
into grey, scaly skin, but on closer viewing they turn into a colourful hive for young eggheads. The lively facade reflects the wide diversity of tenants from all corners of the world. The building provides for encounter and communication at all scales. With its festive rooms, staircases and corridors with alcoves, the building forms a social microcosm in which youthful love may blossom and lasting friendships may develop.

Utrecht, NL, 2003-2009, housing
Nomination Dutch Concrete Award 2009
Nomination Rietveld Award 2009

source rohmer.nl

Playground Building in Utrecht by Van Rooijen Architecten

Dutch architectural practice Van Rooijen Architecten completed the new playground building in Utrecht, Netherlands. It is situated in an inner courtyard close to the city center of Utrecht for the children of the neighborhood. The old existing building on the playground was unsound and so was replaced by a new one. The construction is modest, simple and durable.

The safety criterion was the dominant criterion of the design. The building has separate spaces but by means of a movable partition the spaces can be interlinked to provide space for different activities and multiple uses. One part is dedicated to kindergarten. Within a very tight budget a colorful light-hearted object with specific openings and windows was designed. A large covered canopy for sheltered play features the front of the building.

photos: artlettyear1architecture.blogspot.com

House in a church by Ruud Visser

There is a wooden church built in 1930 located along the river De Rotte in Rotterdam, Netherlands. It has been several years that the church has not served to the congregation. Nowadays it houses a car garage, that is why it has been covered by a number of metal plates, looking now more like a hangar as a church. Architecture office Ruud Visser in cooperation with Peter Boer have designed a reconstruction of the church to a house for a family with two children.

The new house has been constructed in the church as a separate building. In this design, the everyday profane and spiritual life are confronted. The space between the new house construction and existing church is open, so it is possible to walk around the house within the church and admire the architecture of the house and interior of the church at the same time. The rear glassed facade provides a fabulous view on the De Rotte river. The old “transept” of the church is open and separates the outside and private space.

photos: casasugar.com

Centrum Muziek XXI

Dutch group of architects Klaas van der Molen, Martijn van den Ban, Judith Dorlandt called Architecten van Mourik has created in the city of Utrecht, Netherlands Centrum Muziek XXI – a music center. This center houses a number of music studios and was constructed from recycled plastic tablets. The building is located on a small parcel and has a triangular layout. The main entrance is leading to the main hall where one can go to one of the music studios and rooms on three floors.

A very good sound insulation was achieved by using double-skin, complemented by toned shaded windows they provide privacy and are protected from the heat. This small music building is a part of the city plan renovation. The motto of the project is: “The unity lies in the diversity.” that should be achieved by a combination of smaller diversified buildings. The main themes are transparency, closed volumes and open space. The building of the Centrum Muziek XXI represents the closed volumes reconnected to form a bigger complex.

photos: muziek21.nl

Ecological house renovation

Footprints looking like a flooring, stairs leading nowhere or impossible angles and routes that go up and down at the same time – these are characteristics of architectural drawings of well-known artist MC Escher. Who could know that we can see something like this in real life? Studio Rolf.fr`s together with Zecc Architects have been inspired by this particular artist. Their renovation of an old city house in unusual. All surfaces in the house mix with each other, so it is hard to recognize what is what. As the result of this crazy renovation the “Black Pearl”, as the architects call this house, was created.

The house is located in the city of Rotterdam, Netherlands having a unique program when one can buy an old inhabited house at a very low price with just one condition – to renovate it. The founder of Studio Rolf.fr`s has decided to buy a house like this and create not only his new home but work place as well. The existing house is more than 100 year old and was seriously damaged. It is called “Black Pearl” for its black facade. The lower floor houses only owner`s studio while the other floors provide space for a kitchen, living room and bedrooms on the top floor. On the rooftop one can enjoy a hot-tub and a beautiful view at the entire city.

photos: inhabitat.com

Renovated Groninger Museum

The renovated Groninger museum was opened to public on the 19h December last year. After the necessary renovation the entire complex get back its original glamour and colour. Some of the rooms were completely renovated by top designers as Maarten Baas, Sutdio Job or Jaime Hayon for example. This museum is considered to be one of the best not only in Netherlands but in Western Europe. It has to keep this status what involves continuous changes and improvements.

The enter hall and its design were inspired by private men clubs of 19th century. Information center has been created by a young artist Jaime Hayon whose works are well-known all around the world. The interesting fact is that the restaurant was furnished with a furniture from the Clay collection by Maarten Baas. It has an iron frame, hand-made from industrial clay. The project was grant-maintained by a number of institutions as the municipal council Gemeente Groningen, regional council Provincia Groningen and Samenwerkingsverband Noord Nederland. The total cost of the renovations were 6 million euro.

photos: clubdelux.pt

Green office building

In the Dutch city of Groningen UNStudio/ Ben van Berkel, in cooperation with consortium DUO², realizes one of the most sustainable large modern office buildings in Europe for two governmental offices – The Education Executive Agency and Tax Offices. The architects aimed to present softer, more human and approachable profile compared to the usual office building. They paid a great attention to how people would move through the building. The office spaces are designed in such a way that they do not create simple linear corridors leading to dead ends , but instead each corridor has a route which introduces a kind of landscape into the building. You can take endless walks through the building, where there is a great deal of transparency, also towards the surrounding landscape. The design contains numerous innovations related to the reduction of materials, lower energy costs and more sustainable working environments which makes the building one of the best projects of its kind. It presents a complex, intelligent design approach towards sustainability.

photos: plusmood.com