HofmanDujardin completely renovated and extended the headquarters of insurance company ONVZ into a healthy and vital office. The existing building was originally separated in two blocks. In the new situation these are connected by a light and dynamic atrium, which now forms the vibrant heart of the office. It includes the main reception, meeting rooms, lobby, restaurant and generous seating areas.
On the first floor, a large wooden platform crosses the atrium. It marks the flexible working environment street, connecting both buildings by a diverse landscape of work and meeting areas. The office floors are organised to be more dynamic and focused on collaboration in the front parts, while the back is more quiet and focused on individual work.
Movie of the ONVZ office interior
The new atrium construction and the renovation of the two existing buildings have been certified with BREEAM® very good. The clients ambition concerning sustainability and employees health have been excellently integrated in the project. Technical aspects such as heating, cooling, ventilation and light have been optimized. Peoples energy and health were the main topics of the office environment.
The architecture and interior stimulate people to have a diversity of body activities such as sitting, standing, walking, moving, etc. The central stairs motivate people to avoid the elevators, fresh fruits and water are more visible than coffee, the outside garden stimulates people to take a walk around the building.
The ONVZ office is a project with many scales. HofmanDujardin designed from a small to a larger scale. From the workdesk to the landscape planning. The energetic workspace is translated into all of these different scales. The landscape around the building is a natural route which empowers exteriors walks. In the outdoors the diversity of spaces stimulate body health excercises but also places for private contemplation a group meetings. The outdoors become an extnsion of the energetic interior work enviroonment. A new way of designing office spaces.
Outdoor office landscape
The central atrium has become the heart of the building and the heart of the ONVZ organisation. This transparant arhitectural piece is the connection between the two existing buildings. Transparancy, visibility and approachability are the key features of this new dynamic area. The new steel construction already reveals the architectural appearance of the space. Large beams include LED-light, ventilation, cooling and heating installations. Spaces in between let the natural daylight enter deep into the building.
|Project||ONVZ Headquarters Houten|
|Team||Barbara Dujardin, Michiel Hofman, Anne Boonstra, Bo Winnubst, Pieter Mulder, Thom Zijlstra , Xander Albers, Arjen Aarnoudse, Maik Peters, Marjo Langbroek and Jasper Grool|
|Consultant construction||Pieters Bouwtechniek|
|Contractor millwork||Finitouch Interieurbouw|
|Change management||Bewegende delen|
|Photography||Matthijs van Roon|
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