The building for the new CANON Production Printing Netherlands headquarters focuses on energy efficient design and Canon’s Kyosei philosophy: living and working together for the common good.
Designed by BroekBakema Architects and M+R interior Architecture, the HQ is equipped with sun-resistant facades. It also features a tight envelope with triple glazing. Renewable energy is created through rooftop solar panels and energy savings are achieved through the use of LED lighting.
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Moreover, by relying on an efficient heat pump and heat and cold storage (ATES), the building earned a Breeam Excellent Design Certificate. The flow of the building was designed to be modular as needs of use potentially change in the future. There is even the opportunity to add entire floors in a green space known as Green Plazas. These areas are provided as gathering spaces and function to connect one floor to another. They bring the outdoors inside with copious plants for a garden environment.
Furthermore, large glass surfaces throughout the atrium area provide an abundance of natural light to work spaces. The interior space relies heavily on natural materials such as sustainably-sourced wood. Designers also relied on green design principles for the furniture. They extended the life of existing pieces by covering them with sustainable upholstery selections.
The building includes sitting areas, a restaurant, meeting areas, a boardroom, conference center and auditorium that seats 170 people. It was a priority for the design team to merge the interior and exterior design of the building with the natural surroundings. They describe the building as a “Gesamtkunstwerk in which the applications of CANON’s printing technique have been translated into parts of the interior.”
Signage throughout the site reminds visitors the project was designed to match CANON’s corporate identity. Also incorporated into an onsite forest walk are sculptures and art from CANON’s collection.
+ BroekBakema architects and M+R interior architecture
Images via Herman de Winter