Municipal Office Groningen
2009 — 2013
New office building for department of Social Services and Employment, UWV and Kredietbank Groningen. Offices, a jobs marketplace, courtyard garden, canteen, car and bicycle parking and a roof terrace. Ca. 17.000 m² gfa
City of Groningen
design interior gardens
Karres en Brands landschapsarchitecten
Ambitious goals and requirements were set for the new Groningen city council office at the Harm Buiterplein site, in terms of its hospitality, functionality, image and sustainability. The client’s wishes were transformed into a meticulously designed and innovatively constructed building.
Interaction plays a key role at the new city council office. Its design centres on two large atriums that serve as central meeting areas. The larger east atrium is open to the public and is intended for meeting clients. Here you will find the public entrance and central market square. It was critical that this setting be both secure and hospitable for both staff and clients alike. Strategically positioned and designed meeting spaces meant that additional security measures could be kept to an absolute minimum.
The smaller west atrium is intended as a meeting space for the building’s staff. Here you will find staff canteen facilities. The two atriums together form a spacious, naturally lit and relaxed setting.
New-style working concepts defined a general workspace layout within office areas. Activity-based workspaces were implemented as interchangeable, spatial building blocks that can be mixed and matched within the building’s grid.
The building’s sustainable design and construction also resulted in an extremely low EPC value (0.48) thanks to a highly innovative façade concept incorporating triple glazing and composite materials with excellent insulation properties. Extremely low energy consumption levels were achieved using a combination of optimal natural lighting, thermal energy storage in conjunction with concrete core activation, solar cells and green roofing. The procurement of green electricity for the building’s systems also means that it is CO2 neutral.