European Space Innovation Centre (ESIC)

European Space Innovation Centre (ESIC)

Architect
architectenbureau cepezed
Location
Noordwijk, Netherlands | View Map
Project Year
2011
Category
Offices
Stories By
ARUP

architectenbureau cepezed
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ElementBrandProduct Name
ManufacturersBolidt
Bolidtop® Stato 525
Bolidtop® 500
manufacturerBouwteam General Contractors
manufacturerKPKSTAAL
manufacturerPutman Installatie Techniek
manufacturerSchoonderbeek Installatie Techniek
manufacturerVEBRU Nederland B.V.

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Bolidtop® 500, Bolidtop® Stato 525 by Bolidt
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European Space Innovation Centre

ARUP as Engineers

The European Space Innovation Centre in Noordwijk is a new complex for young business enterprises related to space technology. Flexibility and sustainability are the key elements of the transparent building, designed by cepezed architects.


We were responsible for mechanical, electrical and fire engineering.


Flexibility


The available units vary from 50 to 500m2 and the building services are designed to adjust to a new division of space. One fire compartment of 2,700m2was created in the entire building which is unique for an office building. The additional sprinkler installation can be removed by using a smoke exhaust.


Low costs, low energy


The ventilation system is based on the principle of overpressure and the central exhaust unit doesn't need ducts. Additionally, the atrium is naturally ventilated, whereas the remaining heat is used for heating and cooling. The energy needed for heating and cooling the building is extracted from the return air of the offices and atrium.


Workplace lighting guarantees a low level of lighting, keeping costs and energy to a minimum. The photovoltaic cells on the roof are used as a canopy which protects the building from the heat of the sun. Concrete core activation (CCA) is used to heat and cool the building.


3D


This project was designed in 3D, which made it capable for the architect, structural engineers and ourselves to work together efficiently. It also made it easy to detect clashes in the design and make adjustments quickly, as well as integrate the building services in the design at an early stage.

ESIC

architectenbureau cepezed as Architects

Noordwijk is best-knownfor the European Space Research & Technology Centre (ESTEC) locatedthere, which is the largestlocation of the European Space Agency (ESA). In order toretainsupporting operations in the futureandcreate the vitalinfrastructuretheyrequire, the town council has made a start with the development of the Space Business Park near the ESTEC: a business park intendedentirelyforknowledge-intensive companies, particularlythoserelatedtoaviationandspacetechnology. The European Space Innovation Centre (ESIC) is a multi-company building on this site. Sustainability, flexibility, anindustrial image andanabove-averageprice-quality ratio were important parameters for the design. The storeys of the building have a U-shaped floor plan andrecedestepwiseunder a curved roof. A transparentroofed atrium is situated in the heart of the building andjoins up with a terrace outside. It contains shared facilitiessuch as informal meeting spots and a small restaurant andmakesan important contributionto the opportunitiesfor chance meetings andsynergywithin the building. To discourage peoplefromusing the lift, the mainstaircasewith steps of extruded aluminium has been installedinvitingly in a centralposition. A great deal of glass in the façades andinternalwallscontributesto the general sense of spaciousnessandtransparencyandalsoto the interactionbetween the various companies. The design, construction, climate-control and building-performance aspects are largelyintegrated; to do this, the variousadvisers made intensive use of a three-dimensional Building Information Model (BIM). For the sake of sustainabilityandfficiency, the building has a minimum amount of building services. Ventilation takes placeby means of anoverpressure system integratedinto the steel structure, whichallows air from the various units to overflow into the atrium. Here a heat-exchange pump collects the energy from the air beforeitfindsits way back outside. Concrete coreactivation in the steel-plate-reinforced concrete floorsmaintains a continuouscomfortabletemperature in the building. Otherexamples of integratedsolutions are the rainwater drainage concealedbehind the closed façade stripsandanalternativefiresafety concept where the entire building acts as one large firecompartment. The steel construction of the atrium roof alsofunctions as conductor for the sunshadesthere.


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