The Netherlands being the tiny country that it is, it’s no surprise that we tend to look to them for innovative design for dense urban spacesRAU Architects developed their Green Office 2015

concept for a multi-functional office building that combines a spacious

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interior for comfortable working and ample green space for recreation.

Designed for a site with existing infrastructure, this green office

integrates sustainable transportation and is outfitted with

photovoltaic cells and wind turbines to keep the office’s carbon

footprint low.

For a productive working environment, the architects proposed

interior and exterior features that would encourage a balanced working

style. The interior of the office includes an adjustable ventilation

system for comfort, as well as surface lighting that will provide more

even illumination than traditional lighting. The outside of the

building is designed with a verdant green roof and central courtyard — both to invite employees outdoors and to create opportunities for mingling.

To make this development eco-friendly, the architects approached energy efficiency

in three ways: first, conservation through efficient insulation;

second, re-use by converting kinetic energy into electrical energy

(although the proposal does not give specific details about this

process); third, clean energy production through the use of

photovoltaic cells and wind turbines.

RAU Architects is currently working to implement the Green Office 2015 concept in three different locations.

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