The building was designed by Paul de Ruiter Architects, who the municipality of Ooststellingwerf tasked with creating a building that would achieve a BREEAM Outstanding certificate — the highest sustainability rating possible — and become the beating heart of its ECOmunity Park.
The building is energy-neutral, was built using natural materials, and acts as a source of inspiration for students and professionals alike. The centre itself offers a tangible experience of the bio-based economy, and provides a home for knowledge sharing and innovation.
According to the jury, the building embeds itself in nature beautifully, thanks to the innovative techniques of its construction: “It is the epitome of an integrated approach to bio-based materials and circular economy construction that manages to accommodate every aspect of the design’s green ambitions. The realisation of this project proves that building with bio-based materials isn’t science fiction but reality.” Involving its end users in its design and construction made this an incredibly inspiring experience for everyone.
About the award
The Dutch Building Award is run by the Dutch Building Award Foundation (Stichting de Nederlandse Bouwprijs), which presents the award every other year. The goal of the foundation is to promote the quality and distinctive character of the country’s built environment and inspire the talented and highly resourceful people that make up the Dutch building industry.
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