MVRDV’s analysis of the site, brief and program led to number of different conclusions, which together formed the basis for defining the task: the desire for a representative, green public space and a ’cluster’ of buildings which can become an integral part of the surrounding area, with good physical connections to the surroundings, and access from all sides. The working environment should be friendly and efficient. And, security must be provided without the building becoming a fortification.
What type of organisation creates an optimal working environment? Experts suggest that a horizontal organisation of working space, with larger horizontal floor surfaces, provide more room for cooperation than a conventional, vertical subdivision, as in a tower building. Can a complex be created as "horizontal" as possible? The best workplaces also maximize natural daylight and ventilation, and views of surrounding streets or green areas is an important factor.
MVRDV’s proposal creates a ring of offices in a lowrise, horizontal format, which respects the surrounding historic city centre while creating an ideal working environment.