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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.

Conference Centre, Corporate Campus Apeldoorn in The Netherlands by ADP Architects

 
June 11th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: ADP Architects

The central building of the Corporate Campus Apeldoorn, designed by ADP Architects, is the conference centre. The whole building is set up to stimulate interaction and communication.

As working in a green environment is the main concept of the campus the landscape literally continues in to the entrance hall of the conference building, so nature and architecture melt together in the heart of the campus. Standing in the tall entrance hall you can see the restaurant, and the 25 conference rooms located on different floors. The restaurant, seating 750 people, is spread out over different levels gradually stepping down towards the forest outside.

Image Courtesy © Gerard van Beek, Jeroen Musch

  • Architects: ADP Architects
  • Project: Conference Centre, Corporate Campus Apeldoorn
  • Location: Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
  • Photographs: Gerard van Beek, Jeroen Musch, ADP Architects
  • Project team: Marc a Campo, Erik Wiersema, Wim Woensdregt, Pieter Boerstra, Bert Beentjes, Erikjan Cuperus, Esmee Bais, Jeroen Bos, Pieter de Bruyn Kops, Harald Mooij, Daniel Sudkamp, Paul Rutjes, Toon van Schijndel, Arjen Tuinman.
  • Interior architect: ADP Architects and Ex Interiors
  • Landscape architect: ADP architects and Bureau B+B
  • Area: Buildings (phase 1 and 2) 86.450 m², Landscape 10.2 Ha
  • Realized: 2011- 2012
  • Collaborating Architects: B+B architects (landscape co-architects), Ex Interiors (interior co-architects)
  • Client: Achmea
  • Completed: 2012
  • Area: 9.600 m2

Image Courtesy © Gerard van Beek, Jeroen Musch

The landscape inside the building, the horizontal lines of the different floors and the substantial glass roof make the building impressive, but friendly and pleasant too. It has a hotel like atmosphere where both employees and visitors feel welcome and comfortable.

Image Courtesy © Gerard van Beek, Jeroen Musch

Image Courtesy © Gerard van Beek, Jeroen Musch

Image Courtesy © Gerard van Beek, Jeroen Musch

Image Courtesy © Gerard van Beek, Jeroen Musch

Image Courtesy © Gerard van Beek, Jeroen Musch

Image Courtesy © ADP Architects

Image Courtesy © ADP Architects

Image Courtesy © ADP Architects

OFFICES 

The offices of the Achmea Campus are situated and given shape so to capture the green surroundings. Their comb structure seems to embrace the green and pulls it as close to the building as possible. By placing the windows horizontally throughout the office the view on the green environment is maximized.

Image Courtesy © Gerard van Beek, Jeroen Musch

The offices have a relatively simple plan, keeping building costs low. However, they do show variations when taken as a whole. Combined with the use of different shades of brick an image is created of a diversity of buildings. The choice for brick furthermore provides the offices with a natural look making them blend in with their environment while being a reference to the clay grounds found close to the area.

This all results in a corporate, but elegant timeless architecture.

Image Courtesy © Gerard van Beek, Jeroen Musch

Image Courtesy © Gerard van Beek, Jeroen Musch

Image Courtesy © Gerard van Beek, Jeroen Musch

Image Courtesy © Gerard van Beek, Jeroen Musch

Image Courtesy © Gerard van Beek, Jeroen Musch

Image Courtesy © Gerard van Beek, Jeroen Musch

PAVILIONS 

The Corporate Campus Apeldoorn furthermore contains two small pavilions tucked away in the forest. Two stand alone meeting rooms have been built as modern interpretations of a log cabin. The pavilions are designed as connecting knots in the comprehensive structure of pedestrian routes through the campus. They are an excellent place for brainstorm sessions, meetings or working quietly in a green environment. These meeting rooms are part of the new working concept in which employers are motivated to move around the campus: a healthy dynamic workspace in nature. When the meeting rooms in the forests turn out to be a success, 8 more of them can be build on the campus.

Image Courtesy © Gerard van Beek, Jeroen Musch

The architecture of the pavilion reacts on its environment. In concept it is a modern cabin: stand-alone on a open space in the forest. A hollow monolith with a skin of Western Red Cedar and a pure white interior. In the interior, wall and floor fluidly transform into each other, reinforcing the feeling of a hollow monolith. In the white interior one rough tree trunk, functioning as a column, makes a connection with the outside forest physical.

Image Courtesy © Gerard van Beek, Jeroen Musch

Image Courtesy © Gerard van Beek, Jeroen Musch

Image Courtesy © ADP Architects

Image Courtesy © ADP Architects

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