The European Patent Offices in the Haag required and extension to their existing offices, stipulating 83% of the program should be dedicated to concentration with the remaining 17% to communication. The existing tower is reused to house the principle communication space, and is turned into a Tower Park. Its levels are filled with foliage, realizing and communicating the institutions sustainable philosophy.
But can the existing one really not be reused? Maybe not for all the program but maybe for a small component of the program? It could save parts of the budget, that could be used to maintain and to enlarge other needed aspects of the campus: leisure, communal spaces, meeting spaces. It leads to additional 'free' space. By stripping the current façade and opening up parts of the existing floors, it can lead to a vertical 'park', extending the existing horizontal one. It can be used in time by unknown functions. It leads to a 'Green' park tower that can act as a messenger for the sustainable intellect of the company.
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