Paul de Ruiter

TransPort / Headquarters Transavia and Martinair

Energy efficient by shape and location

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Schiphol Real Estate wrote a master plan for the redevelopment of business park Schiphol-Oost containing guidelines for the construction of offices and a new terminal for small aviation. They asked us to design a new headquarters for Transavia and Martinair located at the corner of the business park. The building had communicate and interact with the environment. In addition, the client wanted a building that meets high sustainability standards. TransPort has become the first building in the Netherlands with a LEED Platinum certification, the highest international certification for sustainability.


A shape that communicates with the environment

We came up with a building shape that responds to the built environment. We referred to the location at the corner of the business park by giving the design a smooth curve. On the north side the building provides a view over Schiphol-East and the runways, and the south side gives you a panorama over the Amsterdam Forest.

Smart usage of the sun

For the south façade, which gets exposed to a lot of sunlight, we created innovative blinds following the curved design. These blinds allow lots of natural daylight, while at the same time preventing the building from heating. The result is a healthy workplace where staff members can work productively. The positioning of the building made it possible to create an extremely transparent north façade and contributes to a considerable energy reduction that would normally be required for cooling.

In the parking lot we planted trees which grow through the ceiling to the courtyard.

We installed over 800 m2 of solar cells on the roof and created a natural water buffer in the form of a grass sedum roof. With a gray water system used for the sanitary 40% on water consumption can be saved.

Project details


Location Piet Guillardweg, Schiphol-Oost
Gross floor area 12,400 m²
Volume 37,000 m³
Program Energy efficient office
Start of design July 2007
Start of constuction March 2009
Completion March 2010
Certification BREEAM Very Good & LEED Platinum


Client Schiphol Real Estate
Tenant Transavia and Martinair
Project architect Paul de Ruiter & Noud Paes
Project team Richard Buijs, Willeke Smit, Friso Gouwetor, Roel Rutgers, Willem Jan Landman
Construction management Brains 2 Build
Construction consultants ABT Adviesbureau voor Bouwtechniek
Installations consultants Deerns
Sustainability consultants BenR / Adviseurs voor duurzaamheid
Structural engineering consultants Deerns
Landscape design West 8
urban planning Benthem Crouwel Architects & NACO
Contractor Wolter & Dros
Photography Pieter Kers

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