Hofman Dujardin Architecten, an Amsterdam-based architectural practice run by Barbara Dujardin and Michiel Hofman have collaborated with Fokkema & Partners Architecten on the interior design of the recently completed new headquarters for a sustainable energy company Eneco. Located in Rotterdam, the 14-storey 25,000-square-meters building itself was designed by Dam & Partners Architecten and features a light-reflective façade incorporating planted tufts of greenery which frame windows on the lower levels of the building.
‘The heart of the building is a central atrium surrounded by a light-filled meeting centre with a reception space, meeting rooms, working areas, informal meeting areas, lounges, a restaurant, a service desk and an auditorium. Sun collectors on the south façade and on the roof track the sun throughout the day, absorbing the maximum amount of solar energy.’
‘The working and meeting areas are designed to be energetic islands floating on an otherwise calm, light-white terrazzo floor. Some islands are open spaces and others enclosed for privacy but they are all executed with vibrant colours and materials. Those on the ground floor are red, purple and orange, while those on the first floor are in different shades of verdant green (meeting rooms) and blue (working spaces). Employees are drawn to these colourful islands across the white floor and ‘land’ on them to undertake work and hold discussions. The diversity of colour and materials on the work islands are not only lively and inviting but they give the different spaces specific identities and atmospheres that enable people to orientate themselves better in the office. ‘
‘At least 2,100 employees who used to work in six different locations have been brought together to work in this one amazing building, reducing travel between old offices and the carbon footprint. Due to the 0.7 flex factor, it is calculated that the 2,100 employees are never present in the one office at one time, due to sickness, work travel or holidays, so only 1,500 working desks are provided to serve the flexible daily workforce, making the building highly efficient.’