Sustainable and flexible
workspaces versus green lungs
Research Diagnostic Centre Amsterdam UMC (University Medical Centre)
Atelier PRO made the design for the new building of the Research Diagnostics Centre that is part of the Amsterdam UMC (University Medical Centre). The building with offices and laboratories on the Van der Boechorststraat, is approximately 28,100 m² and is part of a larger, future expansion on the south side of the existing VUmc complex on the Boelelaan in Amsterdam. The building is flexible in design as a future-proof housing for the so-called 'Adore' project. ADORE stands for Amsterdam Oncology and Neuroscience Research and encompasses a new way of medical-scientific research in which the use of the synergies between oncological and neuroscientific research is central.
In atelier PRO‘s design, the combination of a healing environment, sustainability and flexibility has strongly been emphasized. The building contains two atriums that function as ‘green lungs’: these are tempered outdoor climate zones with indoor gardens, surrounded by clusters of workplaces. The work locations, bordering these green lungs, can be ventilated in a natural way for a longer period of the year: the windows can be opened to let in this tempered outdoor air that is passively warmed by the sun. Up to deep inside the building, the green lung provides light, air and space, and creates a pleasant ambiance for the work locations and the staff rooms.
The discrepancy between a sustainable design and the wish to create a universal architectonical expression, has been used by atelier PRO in this design to develop an extraordinary facade. This self-shading facade consists of a stack of vertical segments made of aluminum panels. The elemental façade is anodized in a light bronze shade.
The adjacent atrium is a design by Studio Hartzema.
BREEAM is used to check the sustainability of the design. The project has the certificate 'Very good'.
See also the interior page of the project