Sustainable buildings come in all shapes and sizes and act as examples for future businesses that need to stay in touch with the reality of global warming. The Eneco company shares its vision of sustainability in its new Rotterdam Headquarter. Amsterdam-based Hofman Dujardin Architects and Fokkema & Partners collaborated to design this 25,000 square meter structure and offer efficient work spaces based on a healthy work style. The Eneco Headquarter Rotterdam uses solar power, natural light and interior greenery giving fresh oxygen to construct a dynamic environment for all the people working here.
DesignRulz showed us how this 14-floor high building provides open working and meeting spaces, powered by south-facing sunlight collectors and welcoming the 2,100 workers in one spectacular office building. The ground floor is divided between a large light-filled atrium, an espresso bar, a restaurant and meeting spaces. Three staircases lead up to the next floor, where colorful work “islands” guide each worker to the needed zone. Energy-saving LED lights, recycling office waste and even the showers encouraging people to cycle to work have their own place in improving the people’s work experience while lowering the carbon footprint. Colors and textures in light-flooded spaces, zones for socialization and a cluster of sustainable features make this building a perfectly balanced office building, don’t you think?
A good building should make you want to look at it. Even if not always liked by passers-by, it should always make them feel something. Manchester Metropolitan’s University’s business school is a building that effortlessly fits this criteria. Indeed for many, the building by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is their first taste of the architecture of Manchester as they travel along the arterial road, Mancunian Way. With its distinct ski-slope roof, and glittering mirrored appearance, it provides a flash of silver, and a dazzling break from the dull greys of the motorway, greeting motorists in a slightly space-age way as they enter the city
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.