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Rijkswaterstaat Westraven

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Cepezed, WES & partner
 
location Utrecht
function office
contributed by Naomi

Right along the A12 lies the colossal office Westraven, the proud creation of Rijkswaterstaat (part of Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management; manages and develops the country's infrastructure). The original 1975 building by Lucas & Niemeijer architects, underwent a major metamorphosis. An anonymous tower was transformed into a modern and appealing building. With the renovation of the tower, using the latest techniques the existing sick building syndrome was cleared. The renovation is combined with the construction of two new wings (low rise) at the canal. The wings are connected by greenhouses. A sheltered courtyard garden is the connection of the low building with the tower. The garden with pond and its surroundings are designed by the German office Wes & Partner. Striking innovation is woven fibreglass cloth used in 3 of the 4 glass fašades. The Teflon coating is added to temper wind and sun without loss of views. Ned Kahn installed an artwork above the entrance.

 

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naomi says:
Erik: thanks! changed.
29-Jul-10
Erik Demmers says:
you can change 175 building in 1975 building
29-Jul-10
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Rijkswaterstaat Westraven
Address
Griffioenlaan 2
Netherlands
http://www.rijkswaterstaat.nl
Project is not public!
Opening hours You can make an appointment to visit the building, call Tel: +31 (0) 88 797 11 11, and explain the reason for your visit and indicate who is part of the group. You need to identify yourself when entering the building.
How to get there? From central train station take the 'sneltram' towards Nieuwegein. Or take bus 65, 66, 74 and 77.
Completion 2008
Floor area/size 53722 m2
Main designer, ArchitectCepezed
Landscape architectWES & partner
structural engineerABT
acoustics consultantDGMR
services engineerGrontmij Technical Management
artistNed Kahn
Client Rijksgebouwendienst
 
Project ID 6373
Latitude/Longitude 52°03'31N 05°06'07E
Contributed by Naomi
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