The Edge, Amsterdam – Most Innovative Office Building in the World

A landmark office building that is pushing the envelope in terms of both design and sustainability. An architectural gem located in the very heart of the economic and financial center of The Netherlands.

Deloitte’s new corporate headquarters in Amsterdam has been certified as the most sustainable office building in the world by BREEAM. The Edge was awarded an “Outstanding” rating with the highest ever BREEAM score of 98.36 percent. It takes the title from One Embankment Place in London.

BREEAM (short for Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) is an approach for assessing and rating the sustainability of buildings. It is licensed for use by independent assessors around the world and is claimed to be “the world’s foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings.” Among the criteria considered during a building’s assessment are energy and water use, transport links, materials used, waste and management processes.

The Edge serves as an impressive gateway to the Amsterdam Zuidas business district. The video below provides an overview of some of the innovative technologies used by The Edge.

The building has a transparent layout with floors over 2.300 sq.m. LFA per floor. These enormous floor areas are laid out in a U-shape around the majestic atrium in order to stimulate communication and to contribute to creating as many natural meeting points.

The Edge is the second largest building to ever achieve BREEAM’s Outstanding certification. The building covers 40,000 sq m (430,000 sq ft), and features a mix of passive temperature control and energy-efficient design, and generates its own electricity, too.

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