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Rijkswaterstaat: Dutch Public Works Bureau Unveils Groundbreaking Green Office

by , 06/09/11

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At the north end the building features a light wooden construction, which allows for flexibility, openness and more daylighting. Wavy wooden beams recall the path of water and large windows open the space up. Up on the roof, a glass box surrounds a living wall and a green roof terrace provides a place to gather.

Inside, the office is constructed with prefabricated wall, ceiling and floor panels (with integrated conduits for utilities), which helped speed the construction process along. The wooden floor also serves as a ceiling, which saves on materials, and a Climalevel system provides fresh air for the offices. The office also makes use of thermal energy storage, roof-mounted solar panels, and FSC-certified wood. In the end, the district offices achieved a class A level in the GreenCalc rating system and could be classified with a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

+ 24H Architecture

Via ArchDaily

Images ©Christian Richters

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  1. a8nes September 21, 2012 at 3:28 am

    Hello,

    I am Agnes from the Netehrlands Education Support Office in Thailand, We are subsidized by the Dutch ministry of education and currently we are working on new promotion material on how to promote Dutch higher education. One of the interest is architecture. So I was wondering if we could use your picture for our calander 2013 http://inhabitat.com/dutch-public-works-office-building-is-a-green-representation-of-a-highway/rijkswaterstaat-head-office-24h-architecture-17/?extend=1 and if possible sent us the high resolution file to us. We are a non profit organization and we would not use your photo for commercial use ofcourse.

    Look forward hearing from you,

    Agnes
    Netherlands Education Support Office

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