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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Rijkswaterstaat Head Office in Assen, The Netherlands by 24H Architecture

June 16th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: 24H Architecture

For Rijkswaterstaat, who are building and maintaining highways, waterways and nature, 24H-architecture designed the new districts head office along the highway in Assen, The Netherlands.

Office Buildings (Image Courtesy Christian Richters)

  • Architects: 24H Architecture
  • Project: Rijkswaterstaat Head Office
  • Location: Assen, The Netherlands
  • Design: Maartje Lammers, Boris Zeisser, Albert-Jan Vermeulen, Sandor Marks, Frank Morel, Ben de Lange
  • Client: RijksgebouwendienstMr. Jur Koerts
  • Construction: ABT bv

Office Buildings (Image Courtesy Christian Richters)

  • Sustainability advisor: DGMR, Morra 2 Drachten
  • Installation: EWG-techniek Bunnik
  • Contractor: Friso Bouwgroep B.V.
  • Programm: Offices, meeting rooms, crisis centre
  • Design: March 2009-December 2009
  • Construction: February 2010-April 2011
  • Completion: April 2011
  • Construction costs: € 2.600.000,-
  • Floor area: 1505 m2 offices
  • Photographs: Christian Richters

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Christian Richters)

The ambition of the client and the architect was to create a sustainable building that explicitly shows the identity of Rijkswaterstaat. The concept was developed with the idea to represent their three core activities and also integrate the typical ingredients of the site:

Outside View (Image Courtesy Christian Richters)

The south facade of the building is brutally solid. Through its mass and its horizontal openings, the wall will block the heat of the sun and at the same time stop the noise of the next door highway. The facade, made of concrete and asphalt with lines and patterns, is an abstract representation of a highway. As the rainwater is directed from the roof over the facade, in time, the facade will become green as moss and plants will start growing. This way all 3 aspects of Rijkswaterstaat (road, water and green) are represented in this facade, that will develop in time.

Interior View (Image Courtesy Christian Richters)

At the north facade a light wooden construction creates maximum flexibility and openness. This facade and its wooden beams form the base for the open layout of the office and the central void where employees of Rijkswaterstaat can meet and exchange knowledge; the social durability of the building. The green roof terrace also provides the possibility to gather.

Interior View (Image Courtesy Christian Richters)

The design team looked for the best integration of all disciplines. All technical facilities are integrated into the prefabricated wooden walls and floors. This way an effective building time as well as a maximum of space is realized. The wooden floor will be directly used as a ceiling and the air will flow through the Climalevel system directly into the offices. With the Thermal Energy Storage, solar panels on the roof and the use of fsc certified wood, the building gets a class A level in the Greencalc calculation method and could also be classified as a BREEAM Excellent building.

Interior View (Image Courtesy Christian Richters)

Staircase (Image Courtesy Christian Richters)

Interior View (Image Courtesy Christian Richters)

Roof (Image Courtesy Christian Richters)

Reception (Image Courtesy Christian Richters)

Details (Image Courtesy Christian Richters)

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Christian Richters)

Exterior View (Image Courtesy Christian Richters)

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