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SUSTAINABLE OFFICE BUILDING

GATE BUILDING MARKS THE ENTRANCE OF THE MUNICIPAL WASTE WATER TREATMENT

visible from the road

SVP is doing the supervision of the renewal of the sewage treatment plant in Utrecht. We have also been asked to make a design for a new office and entrance building. With this building the sewage treatment gets a clear face towards the city. This way it takes the prominent place that it deserves, fulfilling such an essential function in the city. We interpreted the structure as a gate building, the building does not stand next to the entrance, but it is the entrance. The route through the building offers a window towards the site of the sewage treatment. To make sure the building is very visible from the Brailledreef, the long form parallel to the road was a logical choice.

 

A view of the treatment process

The interior was designed to offer clear routes and a clear relationship between the working spaces and supporting functions. The representative spaces are located on the opposite ends of the building. The corridor which runs along the façade offers a wide view on the site of the sewage treatment. The transparent entrance hall offers a 180 degree view towards the site as well.

 

façade and materialisation

The appearance of the building ties into the core values of the waste water treatment. The façade is serious without becoming monumental. Because the scale of the building is very modest compared to its surrounds we have consciously decided to hide the legibility of the two storeys of the building. The façade balances between open and closed and heavy and light. It has an abstraction which ties into the size of the site.

DESCRIPTION

Design new business building for RWZI

Location

Brailledreef Utrecht

Gross surface

800 m2

Client

Hoogheemraadschap De Stichtse Rijnlanden

Design

2015-2016