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New accommodation has been developed for the VvAA in in the Taats Noord section of Papendorp in the municipality of Utrecht, commissioned by OVG property developers.
The building is located on the Orteliuslaan near the Taatsenplein. In line with the underlying urban design principles, a ca 30 m high volume with eight storeys was developed here. The volume is part of a larger ensemble of four quadrants and the VvAA offices take up half of this ensemble. The main volume is sectioned into three building parts. At the two points where there are indentations, there is a view from the public terrain through to the inner garden situated behind. On the garden side of these indentations, communication stairs have been included behind transparent façades. Pantries and places where the employees can spend their breaks are situated on the street side, with a delightful view over the wide green profile of the Orteliuslaan. The entrance is centrally positioned at the front of the building in a two-storey entrance hall on the first floor level. In the entrance hall there is a slender mezzanine floor, which ensures optimal penetration of natural light and transparency in the entrance hall but also links the left and right sides of the building on this first floor level.
The building consists of 'tough' brickwork façades and corresponding special elements: natural stone frames in the façade openings in the lowest two storeys. This is where most of the special user functions are located, for instance the company restaurant, training rooms and general meeting rooms.
The vertical brickwork is subtly segmented horizontally and vertically by means of different masonry bonds and differentiated joints. The façades adjoining the public space use a block bond and have deeper jambs than the façades on the side of the inner garden. All the aluminium façade sections, grilles and in-fill panels have an anodized light-bronze tint.