Deloitte Amsterdam HQ: ‘The Edge’
Designed by Ron Bakker, Deloitte’s ‘The Edge’ in Amsterdam is the most sustainable office building in the world. The office uses 70% less electricity than your typical office and produces more energy than it consumes. It also makes use of a special kind of LED lighting that actively transmits data and monitors the environment. The office is one of the world’s smartest, too; there’s an onsite gym that remembers users' workout routines, redistributing the energy that employees generate in the gym back to the grid. And this clever office even knows when to open conference room doors based on meeting schedules. Futuristic stuff.
Circl (circular pavilion)
ABN AMRO’s Circl circular pavilion in the Zuidas business district was made almost entirely of recycled materials. The company gathered 16,000 of its employees’ old jeans – of course there were that many, it’s a Dutch company, after all – which were used in the ceiling for insulation. And all the window frames in Circl’s meeting rooms were reclaimed from demolished office buildings. The structure marks a major step toward the circular economy.
“Circl fits in perfectly with ABN AMRO’s sustainability ambitions, which we refer to as Mission 2030,” said the company’s chief executive, Kees van Dijkhuizen. “ABN AMRO is fully committed to making the homes and offices that it finances in the Netherlands more sustainable and wants to improve the energy efficiency of its entire real estate portfolio to an average of label A by 2030. By implementing circular earning models and facilitating this transition, we aim to make a bigger contribution to creating a sustainable society.”
FedEx International Centre
From concept to completion, the FedEx International Centre (formerly the TNT Centre) was designed with sustainability in mind. The zero-emission office produces less energy that it consumes, and any surplus heat is shared with offices in the surrounding area. In addition to this, the majority of the structure was constructed using both recycled and natural materials. The innovative workspace is powered by solar panels, a biofuel combined heat and power plant (BIOCHP) and a long-term energy storage (LTES) system, making it one of the greenest offices in Europe.
This 270-metre-long sustainably stylish building features a water-recycling system and solar energy collection and storage. On top of that, it uses water from the River IJ for both heating and cooling. The three-storey office building was constructed on top of a concrete crane way on the former NDSM shipyard – giving the illusion that it's floating on top of the iconic river. The Kranspoor – which literally translates to 'crane way' – was the first European real estate project to receive the Green Award from the coveted MIPIM real estate fair.
Located just south of the well-connected Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Park 20|20 was constructed with the cradle-to-cradle principle at the forefront. This means that anything that the office can reuse, it will reuse. Each and every building in the business park is energy-neutral, and the tenants have plenty of circular credentials of their own, with companies such as energy services provider Bluewater and audio equipment manufacturer Plantronics pioneering new work models to improve their employees’ work-life balance. Park 20|20's innovations are yet another way Amsterdam’s business ecosystem is attracting highly skilled talent.