Modern workplace in the heart of Eindhoven
By re-developing the Rabobank office in Eindhoven the city gets another modern workspace. An office that meets the demands of the ‘new way of working’ in which employees do not have a fixed workplace any longer. But that is not all. The project also gives a new impulse to the central district Fellenoord. Furthermore, the building and also the immediate surroundings are part of the project. This complex will be established in the middle of a green campus and will have a partly public function. From 2017, Fellenoord is no longer a forgotten area of the city, but indeed a part of Eindhoven where people want to be, entirely in conformity with the urban vision of the city.
UNStudio, Boele & van Eesteren
Fellenoord in the picture
Rabobank will transfer to the ‘new way of working’: Rabobank Unplugged, within its organisation. That’s why the new office will consist of various spaces which make this possible. From verdant grounds up to multiuser work stations.
The building’s design is remarkable because of the horizontal lines that are breached by diagonals. In order to make it recognisable, the orange colour from the Rabobank logo has been incorporated in the exterior.
Intertwined with the environment
The old Rabobank office stood apart from its neighbourhood, whilst the new building is intertwined with it. For instance, by creating a verdant campus around it, which is accessible to everyone.
Re-use of materials
Sustainability is the key factor throughout the project. That applies for instance to the efficient energy use of the building. In addition, building materials that were generated during the demolition, will be used again.
Well-conceived building process
and minimal nuisance
The new Rabobank Fellenoord will be developed with respect for the environment. This applies to the design, but also to the building process. From the first moment residents were intensively involved in the process, in order to inform them and take away any worries in advance. As a result, no complaints have been lodged, which is unique for such a project.
In order to limit the inconvenience, OVG Real Estate chose not to demolish the old office, but to have it dismantled. In the new building, 95 percent of the materials released from the dismantling, will be re-used, for instance, wood, aluminium and glass. Even parts of the concrete granulate will be processed to have it poured once again.
For the foundation, techniques are used that cause minimum nuisance to the environment: Together with the building company Boele & van Eesteren, a method was chosen where the foundation was poured into the ground. So there are no thuds from a pile driver.
Completely built in 3D
Every section was previously developed entirely in 3D. That makes it possible to prefabricate, for instance, facades, walls and doors. This offers a great advantage in terms of being able to assemble the building like an enormous prefabricated stair kit, on location. This building method is faster as well as eco-friendlier than conventional methods. In addition, it contributes to a minimum nuisance for the residents.
The thought through process has ensured construction to run smoothly and a few months ahead of schedule. The highest point has been reached in may 2016.
UNStudio, with architect Ben van Berkel as a manager, is responsible for the design of the new office. The principle was to design a building that would meet the demands of the ‘new way of working’, or, as the bank calls it: Rabobank Unplugged. Every employee must be able to work wirelessly from anywhere, due to the fact that they will no longer have a fixed workplace. The rooms must be adjustable to the diverse needs of the users, such as meetings, brainstorm sessions and concentrated work.
The building was designed with a focus on the future
The building was designed with a focus on the future and was made suitable for different kinds of tenants. This is illustrated by two fully-fledged entrances whereby there is actually no rear exit. Also the plot where the building is established, offers space to accommodate other companies in the future.
The exterior exists of three stepped floors. That does not only create a playful effect, but also ensures reducing the visual height. In that way it fits within the surrounding of other big buildings, while the complex itself remains accessible and transparent.
SurroundingsThe green campus around the building connects different ways of traffic: cars, bicycles, pedestrians, employees and visitors.
DesignThe volume of the building seems to have been built up out of just three floors, because of the strong horizontal segmentation of the volume. In that way the height is reduced from a visual point of view.
With the re-development of Rabobank Fellenoord, OVG Real Estate furthermore proves to be aware of the social meaning of its projects: the project is fully sustainable and meets the highest sustainability standards (BREEAM-NL Excellent).