Gallery: Rijkswaterstaat: Dutch Public Works Bureau Unveils Groundbreak...

Rijkswaterstaat, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, recently completed construction on a swanky new sustainable office building set along the highway in Assen, The Netherlands. The bureau, which is responsible for the execution of public works and water management, wanted their new district offices to be a physical representation of their work, so they enlisted 24H Architecture to help them express their commitment to the environment. The resulting building showcases the common materials utilized by the bureau - the south face is made from concrete and asphalt slap, while the north side is lightweight, wooden and airy, and a green roof terrace tops off the building.

The project aimed to encapsulate the identity of Rijkswaterstaat in a sustainable building that manifests the organization’s core activities. The Dutch public works bureau is responsible for the roads, the waterways and the landscape, so each of these areas is distinctly represented. The south facade of the building is a mass of concrete and asphalt cut with horizontal openings. This solid wall is designed to block the sun’s heat and the noise from the adjacent highway (which they ironically constructed). Designed with grooves and patterns, the south facade is an abstract representation of a highway. Over time, rainwater from the roof, which is directed over the facade, will encourage growth of moss and plants, making the facade less stark.


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


    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 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,

    Netherlands Education Support Office

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