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HourGlass

The building is inspired by the work of Romanian sculptor Constantin Brâncuși and shaped – as the name suggests – like an hourglass. The light stone facade and the warm use of materials give HourGlass a classic and international vibe. A large glass entrance hall will be constructed on Parnassusweg. The spacious lobby is rich in natural light, providing the perfect welcome to Loyens & Loeff’s staff and visitors as well as guests of the 115 luxury ‘premier suites’, which cater to people visiting Zuidas for longer periods. There will also be a first-class restaurant.

Parties involved

The development of HourGlass was commissioned by Maarsen Groep and designed by architecture firm Dam & Partners. The work is to be conducted by Hurks.

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Start to delivery phase of office section
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Sustainability

HourGlass’s building materials were obtained from sustainable sources, and the building is characterised by its green walls, plants and wood , giving it a feeling of light, fresh and pleasant beauty.

The design maximises the amount of natural light and fresh air, making it a healthy building with a high level of comfort (climate class A). The careful choice of materials prevents the emission of harmful substances and HourGlass is heated and cooled using fully sustainable methods: heat is supplied by the Amsterdam heat network and the building is cooled using cold water from the depths of a lake.

The roofs are fitted with solar panels and an ecologist is investigating opportunities to accommodate both plants and animals on the roof (birdhouses and beehives are already included in the design).

Hurks is a member of Stichting Bewuste Bouwers (the Mindful Builders Foundation), which encourages contractors to focus not only on the structure itself, but also on the surrounding area, health and safety, employees and the environment. During construction, as many measures as possible are taken to minimise the environmental impact of the work.

Upon completion of the project, HourGlass will be awarded the BREEAM Excellent certificate.

Additional information

  • 21,000m² of office space
  • 15,000m² of this office space is reserved for law firm Loyens & Loeff
  • 115 hotel apartments
  • 700m² of shops and catering facilities
  • Bicycle park
  • 148 car parking spaces
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