Smart office solutions in the world's most sustainable building
Hats off to the talented chaps at PLP Architecture, the design force behind this smart office solution – The Edge in Amsterdam – that’s home to Deloitte Netherlands, with a move that has reunited a previously disconnected workforce and revitalised a working environment with a groundbreaking installation. The impressive architectural design plan began in 2009 with a project brief to overcome a cultural concern and to be a vehicle for digital change:
“The aims are to consolidate Deloitte employees who were previously spread around multiple buildings throughout the city, within a single environment; and to create a ‘smart building’, intended as a catalyst for Deloitte’s transition into the digital age – PLP Architecture“
Deloitte Netherlands approached OVG Real Estate, a Dutch commercial real estate developer and investment company, to make its vision a reality. Founder and CEO Coen van Oostrom says:
“We brought together a team of experts and challenged them to identify innovations to make The Edge one of the most efficient commercial properties in the world.” – OVG Real Estate
What makes this smart office the most sustainable in the world?
Firstly, the building’s orientation is based on the path of the sun. That means that the atrium bathes the building in northern daylight while the solar panels on the southern facade shield the workspaces from the sun. Secondly, those solar panels on the south facade provide enough sustainable electricity to power all the smartphones, laptops and electric cars based the building. Now that’s pretty sustainable, right?
But that’s not all; operating at an estimated 70% less power than a comparable structure in the business district, it’s the exceptional series of nearly 30,000 smart sensors based in the lighting panels and developed with Philips that makes it an extremely efficient building with never-before-seen interactivity for employees. The advanced smart application for phones and tablets continuously measures occupancy, movement, lighting levels, humidity and temperature, allowing it to automatically adjust and distribute energy usage where needed.
User experience for employees within The Edge Amsterdam
Deloitte’s employees use the smart technology in a synergistic way with the building, as if it’s alive; identifying free parking spaces upon detecting the car’s number plate, the application will guide the employee to the correct room depending on their schedule for the day and find desk space or meeting rooms that are unoccupied. On top of that, it knows how the employee takes their coffee, lets them control temperature and humidity in their vicinity, and monitors personal energy use throughout the day – even generating energy from exercise machines in the gym.
Sony Professional's audio visual solutions in The Edge
Setting one helluva precedent to the world, let alone just Europe, industry powerhouses OVG Real Estates (the development company in charge of building The Edge Amsterdam) has achieved greatness with this building – being scored a world-leading 98.36% for sustainability by BREEAM and winning the public vote for the prestigious Your BREEAM Award in 2016. The future of smart office solutions is here and this is a prime example of how the technology integrates seamlessly and works effortlessly when all are onboard. With the right installation company this is achievable. We can’t wait to see the next challenger for the title of world’s most sustainable building.
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Smart office solutions are on the rise – and rightfully so – the substantial cost savings and sustainability label are enough to motivate businesses looking into renovating their offices or those moving into new premises to be more green. With our industry experience and technical knowledge we can offer smart office solutions in Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey and London to compliment your green business credentials.
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