People’s working lives can no longer be seen as separate from their personal lives. The redevelopment of the Oliphant — an office building in the Southeast of Amsterdam — typifies the era in which we find ourselves today. It is a transformation of a closed 90’s office system into a transparent, ‘urbanized’ building — fit for the contemporary way of working, and one that is closely intertwined with our personal lives. The result is an iconic tower where people can meet, join forces, and exchange ideas
This smart redevelopment is based on our REBORN-principle: in which a building is only truly transformed once it is able to lead a second life. The Oliphant’s design is aimed at merging its functions into its surroundings. Where the building meets the city, it physically and figuratively opens up so that the hall becomes part of the public square in front of the building. This promotes contact and a form of intimacy between those using the building and the public.
The design embraces new working methods and focuses on sharing the forces and skills of its users and visitors. The building’s open floor plans offer clear orientation and an open view of the surroundings. Whether approaching the tower from the underground parking or the station, one arrives by way of a spatial square that extends into the hall, which, in turn, connects four public floors. The curvilinear effect of the facade generates a dynamic sense of organic connection between the office floors.
This redevelopment generates a sense of ownership within the users: they are responsible for the future of their work environment. As mentioned earlier, the design embraces new working methods and focuses on sharing the strengths and skills of both users and visitors.
With an eye on longevity and sustainability, the Oliphant design targets BREEAM certification. The building’s energy demands have been reduced by way of a new transparent façade constructed with high isolation glass, that lets sunlight in and keeps heat out. Renewable energy, used for cooling and heating, is acquired from a municipal energy network and distributed through the building by using cooling/heating ceilings.