PLP Architecture designed the most sustainable office building situated in the centre of Amsterdam – Zuidas business district, and it is called “The Edge”. The building has amazing architecture but also specific details that make it ecologically sustainable and a pioneer for future work environments, so the ambition of the project was to create a “smart building”.
“The Edge” has 2 underground parking levels and 1,100 workstations for the 2,800 employees. It is an office building with 15-storey atrium that acts as a window between the world of work and the outside and was design by creating cutting edge offices that would be new patterns of work where people can have the flexibility to work from wherever they want, at any time; employees no longer have assigned desks, their desks for the day are according to how they want to work, in a team or alone. Also they can use the app to adjust lighting and heating according to their preferences. Through their smartphone app, they can locate colleagues, reserve a room or desk, see a train schedule, and order healthy groceries from a food shop.
The offices are located in a U-shaped block on the building’s sides, arranged around the atrium that allows natural daylight in the office spaces, while the load bearing structure and smaller glazed openings of the south facing facades provide thermal mass and shade. The atrium is ventilating the offices and reduces energy use in summer and winter.
The 430,000 square foot building have marble lobby and offers welcoming ambient with coffee bar and informal meeting area, a restaurant on the second floor, and a generous internal terrace on the fourth floor with a long communal table, armchairs, and tall, green tuxedo style settees for private conversations.
“While the physical building is finished,” says Bakker, “socially it is still developing.This is the new role of architecture.”
This project is one of the most innovative and energy efficient commercial buildings in the world. The building achieved the highest BREEAM rating in its category, the global assessor of sustainable buildings.