Gasunie Headquarters, Groningen
One of the major starting-points in the design of the new building was, next to multi-efficiency and flexibility, to create a heart for the headquarters of The Dutch Gas Union. Bringing all the people working for the company together does not only result in a “calculated” efficiency but also gives them a feeling of belonging together.
A huge vertical indoor street forms the binding element between the different floors. The organic character of the design is echoed throughout the interior of the building, even down to the specifically designed furniture. One of the most striking features of the interior is the use of colour in the foyer and stairwell. We chose earth tones for the structural elements like the columns and central pillar of the stairwell, to symbolize the building’s attachment to the ground.
More atmospheric’ shades are used for the other components, ranging through all the colors of the rainbow. The staircase, which connects floors and people is located in the middle of the building. The walking distances are kept short to enhance the communication.
Among a lot of awards, in 2007 it was chosen as the most beautiful building of all time by the Dutch public.
Awards received for the Gasunie, Groningen
Publics Prize Amsterdam National Painting Award, prize given for the contribution to the aesthetic and functional qualities of colour use in the new Head Office Gasunie Building, Groningen.
Head Office Gasunie Building, Groningen 1st place Most beautiful building of Holland readers newspaper Trouw