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Alaska Building / KOW

  • Architects: KOW
  • Location: Lange Kleiweg, Rijswijk, The Netherlands
  • Architects: KOW
  • 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: 2009
  • Photographs: Courtesy of kow

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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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