La Defense Almere - UN Studio

september 2004

 

La Defense is an office-building that lies in a small business-park and is partly surrounded by houses. The outline of the building follows the capricious borders of the parcel. The ground-plan of La Defense contains two volumes which are different in length and height. The inner-court is raised, under which a car-park is built.
The façade facing the street is silver coloured, so the building is not really conspicuous in an environment of grey brickwork buildings. The façade is interrupted at two places on the street-side, which give sight to the brightly coloured façades on de inner-court. These are covered with a foil, which has been developed for covering perfume bottles but was never used for that. Producer 3M only wanted to produce the foil if there was a guaranteed large order-quantity. That's why the surface of the façade has been increased.

             

client:
Eurocommerce, Deventer


brief:
Office-building with car-park

location:
Willem Dreesweg 14-24, Almere

first sketch:
1998

construction started:
september 2001

 

m2 offices:
23.000
m2 parking:
15.000

m3:
82.618
costs:

ca.
€ 32.000.000

UN Studio team: Ben van Berkel with Martin Kuitert, Marco Hemmerling, Aad Krom, Henri Snel, Gianni Cito,

en Tanja Koch, Katrin Meyer, Stella Vesselinova, Igor Kebel, Olaf Gisper, Marco van Helden, Yuri Werner, Marc Prins.

more information:
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