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.
Office Building Facet in Utrecht, The Netherlands by Ibelings van Tilburg Architecten
August 1st, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Ibelings van Tilburg Architecten
Together with The Wall and the Hessing Cockpit building, the Facet building is part of a noise-protection barrier for Leidsche Rijn. The facade of the building functions as a double noise-protection barrier, for the residentail area behind the facet building as well as for the offices in the building itself.
A building complex completely built from triangular glass planes. For people driving along the A2 highway, the crystal-line complex will provide a play of descending and rising lines created by these triangular transversal slopes. A conscious decision was made for abstract materialization in order to get the most of the crystal shape. Each facet will reflect the sky in a different way.
The entrance square is raised so that 365 cars can park at ground level. The entrance square is organized with a green approach by placing raised flower boxes in which large shrubs are planted the square also accommodates 70 parking places for visitors.
The building is designed as a multi-tenant building. At the moment the building is used by two tenants: Mediq at the head and Oracle at the tail of the building. Both users have a central atrium as entrance. The atrium doesn’t only provides overview and orientation, but it is also the visitors waiting area and large gatherings can be held there.
200m Long Building
The crystalline elaboration offers the possibility to vary the height of the 200-meters-long volume in a blending manner. The head end is designed as a multi-faceted bent volume that switches into an elongated centre volume and then connects to The Wall with an exceptional tail end. The connection to The Wall is solved by continuing the existing acoustic baffle in a gradual descending fashion in front of the building and by continuing the concrete plinth course along the entire building.
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