Fellenoord 15 Renovation / UNStudio
Textual content description supplied by the architects. In recent times, the unfavorable environmental influence of the development business has considerably modified how we view the demolition of current buildings in favor of recent builds. Renovating or redeveloping current constructing inventory and lengthening the life span of our buildings is now favored as a extra sustainable resolution, whereas additionally guaranteeing the retention of inherent historic or native significance.
Within the case of Fellenoord 15, the prevailing constructing beforehand stood as a difficult-to-access bastion inside the metropolis and will not accommodate a altering and increasing workforce; the inside was disconnected and fragmented, with the consequence that colleagues needed to work in isolation from each other.
Nevertheless, Fellenoord 15 had a sturdy shell, which meant the construction might be retained, moderately than demolished. This resolution aimed to avoid wasting about 40% of the CO2 footprint in comparison with a brand new construct. Sustainable strategies have been additionally employed within the demolition of the previous facade, setting the inspiration for genuinely sustainable improvement.
The design achieved a BREEAM-Wonderful sustainability score. The reworked constructing makes use of geothermal heating and cooling, water-based local weather ceilings and photo voltaic panels, and pure supplies akin to stone. As with a lot of UNStudio’s designs, the ground plans are optimized to maximise views and daylight, positively impacting the constructing’s power stability and the consolation and productiveness of its occupants. As well as, the selection of plant species within the panorama design, alongside the addition of insect motels, bat packing containers, and nesting packing containers, helps native biodiversity.
Tech-enabled. Benefitting from the experience of Edge, the constructing is provided with quite a lot of sensible applied sciences. The usage of location sensors and clever information infrastructure offers perception into the conduct of the customers, which contributes to the discount of power consumption and improves the environment friendly use of area. By monitoring power utilization patterns, figuring out inefficiencies, and making real-time changes, these sensors assist create extra sustainable and comfy workplaces that additionally management particular person work environments. The result’s a brand new, versatile workplace constructing designed to adapt to staff’ present – and future wants.
Public Activation. UNStudio’s design prompts the general public area by revamping the previous Rabobank constructing into an open-facing constructing that now enjoys a robust relationship with its environment.
By designing a brand new entrance and eradicating a parking zone on the aspect of the constructing going through the station, Fellenoord 15 now connects extra seamlessly with the encompassing city material. Refined articulations to the massing at varied strategic positions additional open the constructing as much as its environment.
From a distance, the constructing has an unassuming look that’s enhanced by giant particulars akin to voids, home windows, roof articulation, and a clearly recognizable entrance. Within the rapid neighborhood, the constructing’s perforations turn into seen, and a refined tactility and layering is created by the expanded mesh cladding. These design components contribute to a refined moiré impact within the plinth because of the double layer of expanded steel mesh.
The brand new entrance to the constructing connects the road to the atrium through a big, semi-public staircase. The present fragmented constructing plenty are seamlessly joined within the new design by way of a steady panorama of versatile workplace flooring, connecting the beforehand disparate areas.
The brand new workplace flooring are designed primarily based on the thought of a gradient of exercise: the central coronary heart of the inside bustles with exercise, whereas quiet workplaces are positioned alongside the facades on all flooring, creating a perfect office for all kinds of staff’ wants.