Liander Westpoort workplace complicated options "rhythmic" association of timber buildings

Native studio De Zwarte Hond has accomplished a collection of timber buildings for the regional headquarters of Dutch vitality firm Alliander in Amsterdam.

Positioned within the metropolis’s most important harbour, the headquarters is unfold throughout varied buildings together with an workplace block, workshop areas, warehouses, product testing amenities and a constructing with area for schooling and parking.

The headquarters’ timber buildings are clad in corten metal and have been designed with versatile, modular areas that purpose to fulfill the studio’s sustainability targets.

Liander Westpoort headquarters was designed by De Zwarte Hond. Picture is by Jaques Tillmans

“Liander Westpoort is an ensemble of business buildings with most flexibility on-site and contained in the buildings,” studio accomplice Erik Roerdink informed Dezeen. “Along with shopper Alliander, IMd, Copper8 and DGMR, we formulated the sustainability ambitions leading to excessive flexibility, scalability and modularity.”

“The thought was to not solely make the constructing components round however to make sure that the entire constructing can be adaptive to new future features,” he continued. “We needed to make a constructing that may final for a really very long time.”

Designed to cater to 700 staff, the buildings observe a rhythmic association and are separated by smaller courtyard areas.

Interior photo of Liander Westpoort headquarters
The headquarters is situated in Amsterdam

“The buildings are positioned with rhythmic alternations on the plot like a barcode,” mentioned the studio. “All components of the programme obtained equal consideration, and collectively they kind a sturdy ensemble.”

The eight-storey workplace constructing extends above the peak of the opposite buildings on the positioning, that includes a pyramid-like formation with stacked volumes that regularly lower in measurement.

Photo of the interior of the headquarters
It was constructed utilizing timber

Clad in corten metal, the workplace block and coaching areas characteristic a timber construction comprising a collection of glulam beams and columns.

“Corten metal was chosen to create a sturdy look that matches Alliander’s operations and its speedy environment,” mentioned Roerdink. “Corten metal can be a comparatively light-weight facade materials, ages fantastically, would not require any upkeep, lasts a very long time and may be reused if mandatory.”

Interior photo of the headquarters
The headquarters is made up of a number of volumes

Made out of Scandinavian wooden, the glulam columns are organized on a 5.4-metre grid, which the studio hopes will enable for the creation of versatile workplace layouts sooner or later.

“The versatile column grid of 5.4 metres permits for varied workplace layouts, is an efficient match for coaching actions and, in the long run, this construction might even be was housing,” it mentioned.

The uncovered gridded construction defines the inside areas of the workplace block, with beams stretching via a big central atrium the place a picket staircase affords a central assembly level and circulation area.

Organized across the staircase, workplace areas with timber flooring sourced from Switzerland overlook the central void and are furnished with picket chairs and tables which have been organized across the columns throughout the open areas.

Photo of a workspace
The constructing’s picket construction is uncovered all through the inside

Massive areas of glazing are set throughout the picket frames to let pure mild into the workplace areas, whereas vertical aluminium fins that stretch from the facades on both finish of the constructing present shading.

Along with the principle workplace constructing, the complicated contains a versatile automobile park, designed with a removable, modular construction that enables for future growth or downsizing.

Photo of a workspace
Massive glazing frames the encompassing panorama

Different buildings embrace warehouses and product testing amenities in addition to areas for coaching and schooling, which characteristic the identical construction because the workplace block.

Between the buildings, the studio organized a collection of out of doors areas, aiming to reinforce biodiversity via a facade that’s 30 per cent inexperienced and wealthy planting within the courtyards maintained by rainwater saved on website.

Different places of work lately featured on Dezeen embrace a Vietnamese workplace wrapped in perforated brickwork and an experimental workspace created from biomaterials together with sunflowers and salt.

The images is by Scagliola Brakkee except said in any other case.