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The office premises of KPN in Amsterdam Sloterdijk are located in the immediate vicinity of Amsterdam Teleport. The starting point of the project from the first sketch drawn up by the architect onwards was to construct a flexible and sustainable office complex with an optimum level of natural light. The most important testing criteria concerned the building envelope, the appearance of the building as a whole and the use of materials, with the objective being to increase the quality of the public areas.

The bulk of the construction followed the building envelope, fitting within the scale of the surrounding buildings on the one hand, whilst on the other hand large chunks emerge from the mass in an irregular fashion. These chunks or recesses are clearly visible from a distanc
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e and are different on all sides. Therefore the initial static autonomous volume of the building evolves into a more dynamic entity.

On a street scale, the building appears as a large glass construction volume, with views to the patio being offered in a number of different places. The building has been designed as a ring structure around a central patio. In prominent places, winter gardens have been designed on two levels and connect the street with the inside world of the patio. The patio facades have been created with a tranquil appearance with white stucco and darker horizontal stripes in which the frames are located. In the glass panes that lie behind this, the eaves have been used as an awning, and fixed light-reflective laminated frames have also been used.
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