EQUIPE VOOR ARCHITECTUUR EN URBANISME
Tilburg, The Netherlands
Proyecto Roble by Équipe is a grassroots project, a building embedded in the local context in the rural south of the Netherlands. The client, owner of landscaping firm Van Helvoirt Groenprojecten, had a vision for his headquarters to be a flagship model of sustainability. This was to be a key project where sustainable innovations replace money-issues as the bottom line.
The building is a custom designed environment with no standard details. The project was undertaken as a research into the potentials for creating a positive workplace. Key themes were broken down into components and expressed in the design. ‘Feel Good!’ was the catchphrase coined that encompassed the different themes as renewable energy, passive climate control, abundance of natural light and the relationship to the external landscape, which was to be a showpiece of healing environment garden.
Sustainability was been payed attention to in all stages and all scales. From a period of studying what ‘sustainability’ actually means to making sure everyone on the building site understands and embraces these principals. Thus, a new way of tendering was used, called the ‘Building-team Plus’ and a new formula was invented to document decisions on materiality and techniques. The new extension immediately catches the passing motorists eye, a sleek red form in the agrarian landscape, replete with a fully integrated photo-voltaic-panel roof and a green roof.