Commissioned by the listed office investment company NSI, Dam & Partners Architects have designed a wooden office building for Zuidas that will be 86 metres tall. It is set to be one of the world’s tallest wooden office buildings. Construction is scheduled to start in 2022.
The building will be located in what will soon be a very prominent position: at the end of the new Maurice Ravellaan, on which initial work has started and where the new Ravel residential district will be situated. The avenue will form the extension to Gustav Mahlerlaan. As a result, the wooden tower will soon be visible from Parnassusweg. Urban designers are already becoming excited about these future views, partly thanks to the slanted areas at the top and bottom of the building.
Sustainable, healthy building
This is set to be a sustainable building in every respect. The construction technology is sustainable and the materials are sustainable and as far as possible also reusable. The aim is to achieve the highest sustainability certificate, BREEAM-NL Outstanding. It is also intended to be a healthy building for everyone working in it. The jewel on the building’s crown will be a roof terrace featuring trees and other live plants.
The wooden building will have a gross floor area of 22,000 sq. m., and the standard gross floor area for each floor will be approximately 1,100 sq. m., but the ground floor will be smaller. Between 500 and 3,200 sq. m. of the floor area will be publicly accessible rooms. The lowest floors will feature public amenities and flexible workplaces. The idea behind the design is that the outdoor public space and the public rooms will be linked together. This is why the footprint has been made smaller than the floors above it. The definitive design is expected to be presented in the second quarter of 2021.