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.
New Headquarters of PGGM Insurance Company in Zeist, Netherlands by Mateo Arquitectura
June 29th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Mateo Arquitectura
The Catalan architect Josep Lluís Mateo, founder of the Mateo Arquitectura practice, designed the new head offices of the PGGM insurance company in the city of Zeist.
The aim of the project is to extend the central offices of Dutch pension fund PGGM, duplicating their current surface area on the site in Zeist, near Utrecht. The proposal comprises three types of intervention:
The regular work station layouts are supplemented by interior spaces that bring new spaces for communication and informal work, laid out along a backbone, “the Boulevard”. The auditoriums, restaurants and so on provide special functions that make the whole far more complex than just undifferentiated, flexible office space. They are justified by the fact that the building is the headquarters of a big multinational company, requiring a varied, diverse interior.”
This project addressed the need to increase the surface area of the existing building and recover the parkland in which it is set, while maintaining the relation between the construction and its setting. The result is a building that mimics its natural context, creating a visual and aesthetic harmony and integrating the existing building by making the most of its full potential.
The indoor space is designed to provide the flexibility required by contemporary corporate activity, offering spaces with multiple possibilities to allow workers to choose the place they work at all times according to their professional and personal needs. Work was also infused with a spirit of innovation at the service of sustainability, with systems of ventilation built into the false ceilings to filter outside air naturally and condition the various spaces, which represents a major energy saving and frees the building of the tubes and machinery that visually and acoustically interfere in the workers’ environment.
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