Polished grey slate offices in Oosterland completed by MIII Architects for Boogert
Four generations in the making, Dutch construction firm Boogert is a highly respected firm prized for its innovative techniques and progressive vision. The company commissioned design studio MIII Architects to conceptualise a new office complex for its staff in Oosterland, The Netherlands.
The resulting complex was completed in April 2013 and comprises offices and storage facilities. The designers have drawn on Boogert’s modern approach as a reference point for their design, explaining: “MIII Architects applies architecture as a method of communication.
“The architectural design should provide construction company Boogert its own identity. Not in hysterical presence, yet convincing and harmoniously integrated in its surroundings. The challenge was to mould a new building for a modern company in a region where historic architecture prevails.”
Civil engineering works embedded within a scenic natural environment define the wider locale for this scheme, with diagonal lines often found in Zeeland’s panoramas. This has been fed into the final concept for the Boogert offices with a blend of smooth and sharp diagonal strokes which rise from an otherwise unhindered plane.
MIII Architects have deliberately worked in line with the existing site conditions in a market effort to blend this unusual grey form into its local environment. Excavation slopes embed the offices into the site and glazed bricks and slate have been used for the façade to reflect the water surfaces within the site boundary.