Deloitte Office Building, The Zuidas Amsterdam, Dutch Project, Design, Property
Office Headquarters The Zuidas : Deloitte HQ Amsterdam
Building in The Netherlands – design by PLP Architecture
9 Oct 2012
Deloitte Office Amsterdam
Architects: PLP Architecture
Deloitte Office in Amsterdam, Designed by PLP, receives Breeam-Nl Outstanding Certificate
OVG Real Estate’s ambitious development receives second highest score for offices in the world
8 October 2012 – The 40,000 m2 building for Deloitte & AKD, situated in Amsterdam’s “Zuidas” business district, has received a BREEAM-NL Outstanding design certificate. Designed by PLP Architecture for developer OVG Real Estate, the development received the second highest score ever for an office building achieving the BREEAM Outstanding sustainability certification. The Deloitte office also becomes the second largest building to receive the ‘Outstanding’ design certificate.
Set to become Deloitte’s new Amsterdam office, the building is scheduled for completion in mid-2014, when it will be occupied by approximately 1,800 employees. The glass fronted building features a 15 storey atrium framed by a dramatic glass exterior that acts as an expansive “window” animated by circulation bridges, lift cores, and office activity. The base of the atrium, which operates as the lung of the building and ventilates the office space, contains a café and restaurant, as well as exhibition spaces and conference facilities. The building’s energy performance is further enhanced by its shape, which has been designed to allow light from the north to permeate 60 percent of the office space, whilst photovoltaic cells are featured to the south.
Incorporating 500 bicycle parking bays, the building is located within easy reach of Amsterdam city centre via the city’s cycle route network and public transport, including a new high speed train station.
Rapidly emerging as one of Europe’s most significant business districts, development of Amsterdam’s Zuidas area began more than 10 years ago. In addition to 400 office occupiers, the district now features both homes and amenities, including schools, shops, bars and restaurants. By 2030, around 270 hectares of land will have been transformed as part of a masterplan to create a new town centre for international business and knowledge development.
Ron Bakker, Partner, PLP Architecture commented:
“To receive the second highest score ever in the BREEAM ratings for offices is an incredible accomplishment. It marks the building’s exceptional green credentials and reaffirms our belief that when delivered, the building will be operationally, aesthetically and environmentally outstanding. As we near completion, it is our hope that others will see what is achievable with large scale projects and seek to learn from our experience.”
The certificate was issued by Jaap Gillis, president of the Dutch Green Building Council (DGBC), in the presence of HRH the Prince of Orange, at the opening conference of the annual Dutch Green Building Week.
Deloitte Headquarters in Amsterdam images / information from PLP Architecture
9 Dec 2010
Office Building The Zuidas Amsterdam
Architects: PLP Architecture
PLP UNVEILS DESIGNS FOR LANDMARK AMSTERDAM OFFICE DEVELOPMENT
OVG Real Estate Develops Ambitious Office on the Zuidas for Deloitte and AKD
Area Development Zuidas Amsterdam and OVG Real Estate have officially given the green light for the development of 40,000 m2 of new offices designed by PLP Architecture for Deloitte and AKD. The project is one of the first buildings designed in accordance with the new BREEAM Excellent sustainability certificate, which has only recently been adopted in the Netherlands.
The site of this office headquarters development is a prime location within Amsterdam’s new “Zuidas” business district which has excellent connections to the public transport and cycle route network, and will be an 8 minute walk from Amsterdam’s new high speed train station with national and international destinations.
The building, visible from the busy A10 highway, features a grand 15-storey atrium framed by a dramatic glass exterior that acts as a sprawling “window” animated by circulation bridges, lift cores, and office activity. The development confirms Deloitte and AKD’s investment in the future of the area and commitment to further integration of their accommodation in The Netherlands.
Large, flexible floorplates surround the atrium, within which is a grand café, a restaurant, exhibition spaces and conference facilities. In addition to its role in the building’s environmental strategy, the atrium will also provide the building with an identity that will contribute to the outstanding architecture of the “Zuidas”.
PLP Architecture Partner Ron Bakker who leads the project, said: “The Deloitte and AKD office is an exciting project; not only for the design team at PLP but also because of its economic stimulus for the wider Zuidas area, which is set to become one of Europe’s most significant business districts. The atrium is the heart of the new business community and plays a major role in the building’s environmental strategy.”
Associated advisors: Deloitte and AKD were advised by Loyens & Loeff. OVG was advised by Houthoff Buruma.
About PLP Architecture
PLP Architecture was founded in 2009 by Lee Polisano, David Leventhal, Fred Pilbrow, Karen Cook and Ron Bakker, the former PLP Architecture was founded in 2009 by Lee Polisano, David Leventhal, Fred Pilbrow, Karen Cook and Ron Bakker, the former partners who were responsible for leading KPF’s London office over the last 20 years.
Together, this team was responsible for a series of innovative designs which have been recognised by many honours. Such projects include the Heron Tower and The Pinnacle, both under construction in the City of London, the World Trade Center in Amsterdam, De Hoftoren – the Dutch Ministry of Education’s Headquarters in The Hague, the landmark headquarters for the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), the major expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport and, at a smaller scale, buildings for the Rothermere American Institute and St Anne’s College at the University of Oxford.*
PLP has established a fully operational studio in Carlow House, Camden Town with a team of over 70. The practice is presently working on a number of projects in the U.K. and abroad, including a mixed-use tower in the City of London for Heron International that includes the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences at Heron Plaza, the over-site development at Bond Street Station for Grosvenor, and a large scale master planning project for the Qatar Foundation.
* These are KPF (London) projects on which Lee Polisano, David Leventhal, Fred Pilbrow, Karen Cook, and Ron Bakker worked in the capacity of partners in charge of design and management.
In the years to come Zuidas Amsterdam will be developing 270 hectares of land into the town center for international business and knowledge development. There are 400 leading, global companies already established on the Zuidas. One of the largest universities in The Netherlands and a leading university medical center have taken a prominent position. Besides business and knowledge development there is housing in various price categories under development and amenities such as shops, childcare, (international) schools, sports centers, bars, restaurants and other services. The Zuidas is being developed as sustainably as possible.
With 230 lawyers and notaries AKD is one of the largest legal services providers in The Netherlands. The office assists its clients – based on a full service concept – in nearly all fields of law with high quality services and a personal approach. AKD has offices in Amsterdam, Breda, Eindhoven, Rotterdam and Brussels. More information can be found at www.akd.nl.
Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company limited by guarantee, and its network of member firms, each of which is a legally separate and independent entity. Please see www.deloitte.com/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited and its member firms. Deloitte provides audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services to public and private clients spanning multiple industries. With a globally connected network of member firms in more than 140 countries, Deloitte brings world-class capabilities and deep local expertise to help clients succeed wherever they operate. Deloitte’s approximately 170,000 professionals are committed to becoming the standard of excellence.
About OVG Real Estate
OVG Real Estate was founded in 1997 as an independent property developer. OVG’s aim is to excel in the development of property and thereby continually exceed its clients’ expectations. The expertise of the organization is in the field of office and area development. As leader in the area of sustainable property development OVG has set itself the objective of developing all its projects on green principles without making concessions on either quality or price.
The Zuidas Office Headquarters images / information from PLP Architecture