Location: Rijswijk, The Netherlands
Architect: Jean Nouvel
Associated architect: Dam & Partners Architecten
Project leader: Jean-François Winninger
Architects: Kirsi Marjamaki, Bernard Duprat, Astrid Hopfner, Paolo Carignano
Interns: krystelle Denis, kate Fife, Amber Ma
Graphics: Eugénie Robert, Elise Taponier, Martin Gasc, Vatsana Takham
Interior design: Ernesto Mistretta, Nicolas Perrichi
Landscape: Laura Giuliani
Computer imagery: Benjamin Alcover, Michael Kafassis, Mizuho Kishi, Michael Gloudeman, Sébastien Rageul
Models: Romain Caillon, Rui Pereira, Ursula Tyszkiewicz
Constructor: TBI consortium new main (NL)
Area: 41,000 sqm
Gross floor area: 80,000 sqm
Client: European Patent Office (EPO)
The EPO began the construction of its new main building in Rijswijk, the Netherlands with a foundation-stone laying ceremony. Co-designed by architects Jean Nouvel (Paris) and Diederik Dam (Amsterdam), the new building will set a benchmark for sustainability and provide a flexible working environment of 80 000 square meters for the staff of the EPO.
The Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte and EPO President Benoît Battistelli jointly lay the foundation stone of the EPO’s new main building in Rijswijk. Until its completion, it will be one of the biggest office construction sites in the Netherlands and an asset to the economy.
With a budget of some EUR 205 million, self financed by the EPO, the new building will also be the largest single investment by the EPO in the Netherlands in the office’s 40-year history, replacing the existing 86m high tower which was opened in 1972.
“As an architectural landmark, the new main building will be the visual expression of our continued commitment to the Netherlands,” said EPO President Benoît Battistelli during the ceremony. “It will also be a bold example of modern architecture, reflecting the EPO’s mission to foster innovation, and illustrating the EPO’s role at the heart of innovation in Europe.”
The new building’s design places a strong focus on sustainability. The builders aim to minimise its impact on the environment while ensuring very healthy, safe and comfortable indoor conditions for the staff. To ensure sustainability, criteria set by the Netherlands BREEAM-NL and the German BNB methods of environmental assessment are being applied.
EPO: Largest international organisation in the Netherlands. The Office is also home to the world’s largest collection of patent and technology literature, comprising more than 600 million records in over 120 databases. The construction of a new main building for the EPO’s site in the Hague which is spread across several buildings will bring further economic benefits to the region.
With its gross floor area of over 80 000 sq. meters, it is one of the largest office construction projects under way in the Netherlands today. The project is expected to terminate in 2019 with the demolition of the old tower while the new building opens its doors for employees already in 2017.