In the Schinkelkwartier in Amsterdam, we will develop the Think District: an innovative, sustainable new neighbourhood where inclusive living and working are in balance with nature. A living lab in which innovation and collaboration fluently blend together.
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A district where smart is put to work
Imagine a district in which work, life, nature, and leisure seamlessly intertwine. Think District is a sustainable development that consists of approximately 1,100 homes, two office buildings of 35,000 m2 (new building) and 34,000 m2 (redevelopment), 8,000 m2 of commercial and social facilities and 1,200 underground parking spaces.
Embedded in a lush green park
The spacious urban park, for which Delva Landscape Architecture and Urbanism has made a first design, consists of varied public spaces, such as parks, squares and walking paths and waterways. Sustainability and health play an important role in the area. Therefore, movement and sport is stimulated by the design of these public spaces. Furthermore, Think District connects seamlessly with the adjacent Nieuwe Meer, one of Amsterdam’s largest recreational areas. The prominent position of the landscape within Think District ensures that it is a catalyst of biodiversity for the entire environment.
Co-founder of RED Company, Nanne de Ru
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A new home for IBM
The multi-tenant building will accommodate the Benelux headquarter of IBM. One of the most iconic companies in the world, IBM is known for many industry leading and world changing products. Since 1952, IBM has had a strong presence in the Schinkelkwartier in Amsterdam and has been a part of the district since it became part of Amsterdam’s major expansions. Today, IBM is one of the world’s leading organizations in the field of Artificial Intelligence & Hybrid Cloud computing. In 2019, the Dutch government proposed a strategy to strengthen research and innovation ecosystems by investing in key technologies with a focus on solving social challenges. Amsterdam has been chosen as the excellence center for retaining AI-talent. This next-generation office will be shaped around the notion that innovation matters, and thereby focusing on cooperation, well-being, and smart technology. Making it a perfect future workplace for the current and new AI-talent.
The design for this state-of-the-art office building originated from the idea that the office of the future will be more of a meeting place to share knowledge and ideas. Health, well-being and integrated technology will pay an essential part in this next-generation office. The recognizable and impressive design of the building, including large window frames, will ensure that the correct amount of daylight will enter the office floors and the state-of-the-art installations provides the best air quality. The combination of natural light, air quality, the green environment and facilities such as a gym and meditation rooms result in a work environment where people want to meet and work while it simultaneously increases their productivity.
Health as main focus
The fundamental principles have been translated into a special atrium that is the green, beating social heart of this new iconic office building. The atrium is the social hub that encourages meetings as well as co-creation through several amenities and collective facilities, such as a gym, conference room, coffee corners, restaurant, yoga, meditation rooms and other social functions. In this lively, open and interactive environment that accommodates various forms of working, the atrium as a ‘connector’ ensures a stimulating and innovative environment. In addition to being a place to work, the office also becomes a place for health and sustainability in the broadest sense of the word. Health is also reflected in the greenery in and around the building. The building is designed in such a way that Think District’s urban park weaves seamlessly into and around the building, creating a series of landscape terraces whilst draping green through the inside of the atrium and connecting the multiple levels.
To make one of the most forward thinking districts of Amsterdam a reality, we formed mutually beneficial partnerships to stimulate creativity and combine resources
- Masterplan Architect: Powerhouse Company
- Architect Current IBM Office: Office Winhov
- Financing Partner: ABN AMRO
- Landscape Architect: Delva Landscape Architects
- Project Management: DVP
- Advisor IBM: CBRE
- Legal Advisor: Allen & Overy, DLA Piper
- Structural Engineers: Van Rossum, BREED ID
- Advisor MEP: DVP Smart Concepts, Roodenburg
- Advisor Building Fysics: DGMR
- Advisor Spatial Planning: Mees Ruimte & Milieu
- Graphic Design: George & Harrison
- Branding: Build in Amsterdam
- Concept & Placemaker: Anne van der Zwaag