Gallery: PREFAB: Playful Office Building Planned for Amsterdam

matchbox office building amsterdam

A new project in the city of Amsterdam recently received approval: a 22-unit office building designed by Allard Architecture that will use prefabricated concrete “matchboxes.” The office building is fittingly dubbed the Matchbox building, given the segmented quality of the stacked and angled boxes that lend themselves to a facade characterized by large picture windows and units that cantilever out over the sidewalk. The finished look appears playful, modern and creative — perfect for the artistic neighborhood in Amsterdam North.

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  1. Bridgette Steffen May 8, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    I would say that specifically for prefab concrete, it is more efficient to construct them offsite – more control, less weather, better curing for the concrete. That means a tighter, more efficient envelope. Couldn’t tell you the R-value difference between concrete/wood & steel frame though.

  2. sayitgreen May 8, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Bridgette – that is a way cool find! Theese prefab buildings look like they are getting very sophisticated. Do you have any idea whether this building design is more energy-efficient than a traditional wood frame or steel frame construction?


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