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Alaska Building / KOW

  • 01:00 - 15 January, 2010
Alaska Building / KOW
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Lange Kleiweg, Rijswijk, The Netherlands
  • Architects

  • Project Team

    Hans Kuiper, John Chan, Kasper Hauschultz Hansen
  • Client

    Visser & Smit Bouw, Modulus Projectontwikkeling
  • Contractor

    Visser & Smit Bouw
  • User

    Shell International
  • Area

    41210.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. The design includes 30,000 sqm office spaces and 11,000 sqm underground parking. User of this building will be Shell International SIEP.

The glass volume is a logical translation of the large program within the requirements of the masterplan and historic boundaries of a relatively small plot of land. The urban planning context and the in-depth plans ask for a large degree of transparency in the facades. In combination with demanding climate control requirements, the application of climate facades is a justified choice. The fire security of this entirely glazed building has been solved in an ingenious manner, whereby sprinkler systems are not necessary.

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The use of high-tech climate facades and the very compact building shape are sustainable features of this building.

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David · January 18, 2010

So what's the ingenious way they addressed fire rating requirements, eliminating the need for sprinklers? I'd be curious to know what the code is like in the Netherlands. What is the relationship between allowable area vs. height and how the implementation of an automatic sprinkler system affects both of those aspects? I can understand that the guts to a sprinkler system would be an eyesore on such an open, transparent building, and difficult to conceal and coordinate.

Mr. Cheap · January 18, 2010

Programatically very boring, and as a structural answer to the programme, also very boring.

The images show no situations where one could imagine a story. Only dead, efficient spaces.

Theese type of office buildings, are "optimal" structures, and probably very well performing buildings, but they are so empty in terms of architectural qualities. Everything often goes into one gesture, like here, the atrium.

Alexander Jack · January 17, 2010

Congrats! Looks great!

WM · January 17, 2010

nice gold coloured lines in the facade, great atrium

cl · January 16, 2010

nice building, great interior.
and very cute, how they added some trees in the voids with photoshop later...;)


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