The new headquarters for ZO Wonen housing corporation in Sittard comprise of 3.200 m2 and will combine several of the corporation’s branch offices in one central building. It will be the first of five buildings with a total of 24.000 m2 to be realized in different phases. The building reaches a GreenCalc+ label A score.
The new building is part of KCAP’s urban plan for the office cluster on part A within a larger masterplan designed by Rijnboutt b.v. from Amsterdam. The five buildings appear to be randomly distributed over the landscaped area surrounding a central square. All building entrances are oriented towards the square.
An important starting point of the design was the concept of sustainability and the effective use of daylight. The design of the facades is dependent on its specific orientation within the urban setting, with 41% of the façade surface being transparent. The façade is designed with horizontal panoramic windows that not only offer magnificent views but also provide for higher daylight efficiency and less contrasts. The construction concept with columns and stabilizing cores allows for flexible use of the office space, from traditional to an open floor plan. Two voids in the widest part of the building let daylight penetrate deep into the building and create additional visual connections between the different office floors.