ClientKropman Installatietechniek Ltd.
ArchitectArchitects van den Broek en Bakema, Rotterdam
Project size5.500 m2 HFA
Start of project2002
Consulting servicesConstruction management, site supervision
The design features two office and industrial zones, four stories high, separated by a rectangular atrium. Both ends of the atrium are covered with a staircase and service strip (containing restrooms etc.). Parking happens partly underground, as the building rests on pillars. Parking underneath the building is part of Utrecht urban design requirements for the Papendorp area, where the building is located.
The building facades are mostly designed as a double-skin façade. Building services have been designed by the client herself and meet today’s standards.
The interior is both flexible and transparent, abandoning a more traditional concept with office cells. Next to several office spaces for staff and department heads, workspaces are located in open areas with various rooms in which employees can isolate themselves for increased concentration. Because of the open spaces’ light structure (in which no columns are used) and the access points on both ends, the office building has a high level of flexibility.