Westraven’s Green Shift: Sustainable Makeover Unveiled!

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Project Highlights

client: rijksvastgoedbedrijf
interior design: Hollandse Nieuwe, cepezedinterieur
greenspecialist: Moss
advisor fire, acoustics, buildingfysics and sustainability: DGMR
advise and design installationtechnique: Nelissen ingenieursbureau
constructor: Pieters Bouwtechniek
building costs advisor: ingenieursbureau Multical

Westraven Leads the Way in Sustainable Transformation

The winds of change are blowing, and Westraven is embracing them wholeheartedly. In the year 2023, a new era of sustainability ambitions and innovative work methods is upon us. In collaboration with esteemed partners such as Hollandse Nieuwe, Moss, DGMR, ingenieursbureau Nelissen, Pieters Bouwtechniek, and ingenieursbureau Multical, it has been successfully secured a tender to spearhead this transformation. What makes this venture even more remarkable is that two decades ago, they were honored for orchestrating an award-winning metamorphosis.

A Symbol of Transparency

Westraven’s office building, situated prominently between the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal and the A12 motorway near Utrecht, carries not just physical weight but also symbolic significance as it houses the Department of Public Works. Almost two decades ago, their team designed a groundbreaking renovation and extension, complete with an innovative double façade. Today, it is proudly announced that they have been entrusted once again to shape a transformation. Westraven is set to evolve from a no-nonsense office structure into a transparent government office, leading the way in sustainability.

Embracing the Courtyard Concept

Rooted in the 1970s, Westraven has evolved over the years. Their proposal incorporates the patios established in 2008 into the inner space, enhancing the entrance area’s allure. This design creates a square-like space offering panoramic views of the canal, high-rise buildings, and two low wings. Staying true to sustainability, they’ve harnessed existing materials, allowing the patio façade to be creatively ‘folded over,’ eliminating the need for a new façade.

A Biobased Vision

Central to their vision is a focus on bio-based materials. The new pavilions will be crafted from wooden beams and floorboards, complemented by lush greenery to infuse Westraven with a warmer atmosphere. These pavilions, designed as standalone spaces or integrated into the overall structure, offer versatile utility. Along the canal façade, seating areas beckon for noonday lunches and serve as delightful meeting spots.

Building on Past Success

Back in 2008, Westraven‘s transformation garnered seven prestigious architectural awards in just two years, including the Utrecht Rietveld Prize, the European Best Tall Building Award, and the Daylight Award. With the same dedicated team, they aim to surpass these heights in their current endeavor. Westraven is not just an office building; it’s a symbol of sustainability and innovation, and they are excited to lead the way once again.

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