The TBWA offices located in the Schinkel area of Amsterdam in The Netherlands have been designed by the practice of ZZDP Architecten in a former industrial building and they tried to maintain its original character while also bringing it up to date.
The site is in the shape of a triangle and is next to the Westlandse gracht water. The building’s façade is built with Corten steel cassettes and with strip windows to offer an industrial character to the whole. The street side is made from the same steel cassettes forming spandrels and with jointless windows that try to provide the optimum contrast with the cassettes. Towards the water side, the cassettes form a balustrade for the balcony that provides an outdoor space and also provide shading from the sun.
A sprinkler installation permits the building floor plates to be completely opened and in the heart of the building there is an atrium that provides communication through the floors and also provides good views of the other parts of the building.
The three level parking is automated so that there was no need for an underground parking garage. With so many innovations and such a great care for details, the office space is not only very flexible and functional but also provides a lasting quality design.