The strikingly stratified façade of the AkzoNobel Center in Zuidas is a combination of a glass climate wall and timber structural elements and immediately catches the eye. Different types of glass create a dynamic interplay of light and reflection.
In order to boost quality of life in Zuidas, the base of the building has been given a public function. This is where the AkzoNobel Essential Art Space can be found, showcasing the AkzoNobel Art Foundation’s collection to a wider public. Two interwoven atria form the backbone of the interior. The first atrium consists of the AkzoNobel Experience with the entrance, reception, restaurant, and an art space on the ground floor and an auditorium on the first floor. This is connected to the office floors by a second atrium.
The interior design features rounded corners and shapes, reflecting the dynamic look and feel of the exterior. The vivid use of colour in the flooring and tabletops is concentrated around the atrium, with each office floor having its own specific colour tone. These reflect on the ceilings to form a vertical colour transition, made increasingly visible by the lighting as evening approaches.
The AkzoNobel Center has been awarded the Breeam Excellent certificate.
At a glance
- Completed: 2016
- Start of construction: 2014
- Size: 16,500 sq. m. of offices, exhibition space for the AkzoNobel Art Collection
- Commissioned by: Dura Vermeer Vastgoed
- Architect: Group A
- Contractor: DURA Vermeer