Government Buildings Agency Projects Directorate
Belastingdienst, BCA en BCICT
gross floor area:
ca 15,000 m²
urban planning design:
Delta Vorm Groep
Bouwbedrijf van der Linden
Witteveen + Bos
building services adviser:
building physics adviser:
Lichtveld Buis & Partners
In 2000, the Belastingdienst (Inland Revenue) moved into the former Apple Computer distribution centre. The transformation of the distribution centre took place in three phases. The first phase consisted of a comprehensive renovation and extension of the assemby hall to create a computer centre and the addition of a corresponding energy building. The second phase was the development of a new office volume, East building, as well as a plinth building on the site. Finally, North building was renovated, including the realization of a central entrance and a new company restaurant. The phased approach played a significant role in the design and came about in close consultation between JHK Architecten, the client (RGD) and the user (the Inland Revenue).
The East building consists of two six-storey office volumes projected onto a plinth building. The building is situated at right angles to the Arnhemseweg and opens out in the direction of this road in a U-shape, as if it had been hollowed out of a closed box. In places where the volume is recessed, the façade is almost completely transparent, in contrast with the closed outer shell. Each volume consists of two compact cores with a transparent space in between, with vides that extend into loggias in a few places. On either side of the cores there is a traffic zone with work spaces.
The transparent connecting storeys run parallel with the Arnhemseweg. The office cells can be found behind the closed exterior shell, while at the hollowed-out part of the volume, in particular round the patio, the offices are organized as an office garden.
The closed exterior shell refers to the titanium-coloured profiled sheeting of the existing building. This material has also been utilized as a fixed sun shade with window-cleaning balconies. The already existing parking facility to the west of the Quintax site has been retained and further extended. By locating the offices along the Arnhemseweg, the parked vehicles are concealed from view.