While imposing, the Brutalist 1975 building occupied by the Dutch Ministry of Finance was distinctly unfriendly. Its fortress-like concrete volumes closed it off from the city and its people. Inside, staff struggled with an old-fashioned, rather claustrophobic working environment. The need to update the structures to modern levels of comfort and energy consumption provided an opportunity to soften its hard shell, creating a more open public face, fluid contemporary work spaces and even some areas for citizens to enjoy.
Ministerie van FinanciÃ«n
We were careful to preserve the interiorâ€™s Brutalist character, showcasing the rough concrete surfaces with their wooden formwork motifs and the visible load-bearing structure of the building.
With an eye on the buildingâ€™s future sustainability, we focused on flexibility, so that changes in layout and use are easy to implement. Walls can be moved without opening up ceilings, and raised floors allow for a simplified data infrastructure. The renovated office space accommodates 1,750 employees,sover seven floors: two below ground, including parking and sport facilities, and five above ground, with meeting rooms, a library, offices and a restaurant. In total, the building now provides 66,000 m2 of floor space.