Deltares is an independent research institute that focuses on innovative solutions to Delta problems. The new office connects to the master plan of the adjacent Technopolis Knowledge Park in Delft. The old master plan, dating from the beginning of the sixties of the last century, was based on the business perspective of architecture and urbanism of the then director ir. Thysse. This vision has proven to be outdated. New insights into the essence of hydraulic engineering, with more emphasis on the "soft side", the ecology, sustainability and service asked for a different architectural language; a language that is inherent to Jeanne Dekkers Architectuur’s vision of the role and form of architecture.
The new energy-and CO2-free building has a facade that "reacts" to its constantly changing orientations. The tripodial main plan of the building, a reference to the 'Delta', makes the building multi-sided and by its sturdy simplicity it fits well with the robust seventies architecture of the original complex. The contemporary, reflective ribbon facade have progressing depths which function as natural shading, while bringing a dynamic character to the overall look.
New office and pavilion
Pieters Bouwtechniek, Delft (construction), Deerns Raadgevende Ingenieurs B.V., Amsterdam (installations)