Vreugdenhil Headquarters / Maas Architects

Vreugdenhil headquarters / maas architects

Dutch dairy products manufacturer, Vreugdenhil is celebrating the opening of a highly energy-efficient new 2850 square metre head office in Nijkerk, the Netherlands. Dutch practice Maas Architecten was appointed to handle development of the new-build, which has been awarded five-star BREEAM-NL outstanding new building design certification (Nieuwbouw Ontwerpcertificaat) based on the building’s architectural design.

Vreugdenhil headquarters / maas architects

The build features an intelligent climate control system, partial structural glazing and an attractive curved glass façade. In addition – the property has been carefully integrated into the local landscape and in many areas offers 180 degrees views. There are 170 solar panels on the roof, rainwater is used to flush the toilets, and a thermal energy storage system heats and cools the building.

Vreugdenhil headquarters / maas architects

Maas Architecten were presented with a brief that placed importance on creating an office that encourages employees connecting and meeting throughout the building’s spaces. Across the property there is a variety of open workplaces for staff to enjoy as well as facilities for flexible workers.

Vreugdenhil headquarters / maas architects

Vreugdenhil headquarters / maas architects

Absenteeism at Vreugdenhil is very low, with employees taking a leading role in the company’s commitment to sustainability through initiatives such as competitions, workshops and presentations. One of the company’s targets for 2022 is to reduce its absenteeism rate to below 4% – which the new office space has been designed to support.

Erwin Schot of Maas Architecten comments: “We are extremely proud of our work on the development of the new Vreugdenhil office – it is genuinely innovative and highly energy-efficient, whilst also being a hugely attractive place to work.”

Vreugdenhil headquarters / maas architects
Vreugdenhil headquarters / maas architects

One of the space’s most outstanding features is a grand staircase produced by EeStairs, featuring the company’s luxurious EeSoffit finish, an innovative alternative to stucco plasterwork on the underside of a staircase.

The lower stage of the staircase is highly accessible with alternate landings every two steps and the inner string of the staircase gradually builds from the lower stage to circle a decorative tree placed in the stair’s centre.

Vreugdenhil headquarters / maas architects

Vreugdenhil headquarters / maas architects

Schot continued:

We worked very closely with the team at EeStairs to create a staircase which supported Vreugdenhil’s desire to encourage interaction between employees. We have had great experiences when working with EeStairs before and their portfolio of ambitious projects with likeminded architects speaks for itself.

Vreugdenhil headquarters / maas architects

During installation, the upper stages of the staircase had to be hoisted into the atrium and mounted because of their large size, with the stair supplied in parts and built over the façade of the building.

Vreugdenhil headquarters / maas architects

“This is a particularly ‘walkable’ staircase because every two steps feature intermediate landing. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Slingerland Bouw and Erwin Schot to make this project a success,” said Harmen van de Weerd, EeStairs’ Head of Project Management and Engineering.

Project Details:

Location: Nijkerk, the Netherlands
Client: Vreugdenhil Dairy Foods
Direction: = SUM, Oldenzaal / Zwolle
Architect: Maas Architects, Lochem / Zeist
Interior: Studio Green + Shield, Deventer
Landscape Architect: Ton Thus, Ubbergen
Fabricator: JVZ, Deventer
Fire safety: DGMR, Arnhem
Contractor: Slingerland Construction, Nijkerk
Installations: Van Dorp plants, Amersfoort

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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