The CBC wanted to make a building that was elegant and distinctive, yet ‘sturdy, industrial and no-nonsense’. In an attempt to accomplish this, the choice was made to rotate the window frames by approximately 45 degrees and cross these with diaphragm ribs to create a triangular pattern, covering the entire facade. As the diaphragm ribs are set outside of the facade, views of the exterior change depending on the angle from which it is being observed. From inside looking out, an array of shadow lines appear across the window panes. After consulting facade builders ‘Bos brothers’ from Goudriaan, Jatoba wood was chosen for this use, which was given a protective treatment against construction damage, but which will eventually turn grey as the building weathers. The shell of the building is constructed from steel columns and concrete floors, with under-floor heating and cooling systems.
Inside, the entrance hall is designed to sit parallel with the north facade, connecting twenty separate units (five on each floor). The wall between the hall and each of the units is completely transparent to create optimal viewing between the individual areas and to encourage interaction between companies. Along the south side, the climatic shell has been retracted 1.5m creating a balcony area, partially blocking the interior from direct sunlight. All doors and windows in this project are 3.3m tall. For more information on B06 architects click here or for more information on BNB click here