The commission for the new Rabobank administrative centre in Utrecht, the Netherlands, comprises the development of two completely new high-rise towers and the partial renovation of the existing building. The entire complex will be designed as a single campus area. The edge of the campus is formed by a continuous roof and a delicate plinth. This plinth connects all the buildings of the complex and frames the area’s central plaza. The existing buildings and the new development stand as individual volumes on this plinth. The new development consists of two transparent 105-m towers, of which one is slightly turned so that the towers do not run parallel to one another. The towers are connected by a glass veil. Points of departure in designing the complex as a whole were a strong ambition to work according to principles of sustainable construction, the realisation of a completely contemporary office concept and a high level of transparency throughout.
Our product "BubbleDeck" is chosen because with this type of slab it was possible to build 27 storeys within 104 meters (104 meters was the limit). Mass was limited because of the conditions of the ground.
Shape, because without the BubbleDeck system, this shape was not possible (compete freedom of design).
The Rabobank towers and its surrounding buildings are an architectural highlight in Utrechts skyline. Finiglas Veredelungs GmbH was one of the contractors who helped the owner to realize this ambitious project. Two of the surrounding buildings are connected with each other by a pedestrian bridge. The outstanding metal skin was manufactured by RIMEX Metals GmbH and Finiglas for curved glass panels to create windows in a rhombus form as you can see on the pictures.
The panels are made out of: - FINI CURVE ISO lamintated glass 46.2 (extrawhite, coating stopray vision 60 T); - spacer; laminated glass 44.2 Quantity 450 pcs
The difficulty was to create a frameless window made out of glass in a curved rhombus form with structural glazing. Each of the 450 glass panels are bend over the diagonal of the rhombus.
The futuristic look of the bridge is an extra piece of architectural art and shows an excellent piece of work of Finiglas and RIMEX.
In 2009 emma was selected to be part of a cluster of 5 designers for the new Rabobank headquarters interior.
The design project revolved around the question how to accommodate 6000+ workers of who none has an own desk or room. ‘Rabobank unplugged’ was the title of this new way of working. Emma designed several meeting rooms, concentration spaces, work desks and relax environments. These are designed to form a recognizable family of environments spread throughout the enormous building in which employees can find intimacy in the otherwise vast and impersonal spaces.
This intimacy gives them the confidence and ease to work together in places that are not their own, and facilitates instant team spirit. The objects are constructed by layering three different kinds of Dutch wood in a multi-dimensional repetitive pattern. They address all senses; the sight, smell, touch, and even acoustics of these environments are so specific that people are able to find them easily and personally relate to them even when they cannot, under the ‘Rabobank unplugged’ regime, can call them their own.