By integrating the landscape into the building, we have created a working environment whose interior and surroundings blend seamlessly into one another. The green, park-like, 20,000m2site offered the perfect canvas for this. Working in collaboration with Buro Lubbers, the landscape design and urban development studio, we produced a modern office that is served by the surrounding landscape, thus revealing the building’s qualities to the greatest possible extent and making the Group’s green credentials tangible. The source of the building’s impact lies in the simplicity of its design, its transparent glass facade and its lush green roofs.
The building comprises two levels. You enter on the ground floor via a large circular atrium, whose glass roof makes for a light-filled interior. This atrium is the heart of the building, its status indicated by a massive Ficus Amstel King tree at its centre, the tree’s robustness symbolising the Krinkels Group’s growth.
Three ground-floor wings extend from the atrium, and provide working space for 80 employees. The direct connection between these wings and the atrium encourages greater interaction between employees from different departments. Two sculptural, semi-circular steel staircases wind their way up on opposite sides of the atrium and connect the two floors.