We think we succeed in our work, if the people who use the building are feeling at home. For this project for the Goede Doelen Loterijen, the focus on the human and the homey feeling was even more prominent. Because it was the wish of Boudewijn Poelmann, chairman of the board of the Goede Doelen Loterijen (Nationale Postcode Loterij, VriendenLoterij, BankGiro Loterij), that their new sustainable building would feel like a home where employees, charities and local residents would feel welcome. Another important starting point was that the house should make their purpose visible, even tangible: helping to create a better world for people and the environment.
Over the course of two years, this neglected, long-term vacant building in Amsterdam was transformed into the most sustainably renovated office building in the Netherlands according to the highest standards and techniques of sustainable construction (BREEAM 2014). Through a unique co-creation process with all involved parties and future users, we were able to create a design – supported by everyone – that used as much existing and recycled furniture as possible. For this unique project we collaborated closely with the client and employees of the Goede Doelen Loterijen, their interior designer Yolanda Loudon, Benthem Crouwel Architects, and the neighbourhood community of the Zuidas.