MVRDV’s demountable Amsterdam Science Park complex is completed

Images courtesy of Daria Scagliola/MVRDV
Construction has been completed on Matrix One, a six-storey, 13,000 sq m office and laboratory building with an open staircase, located in Amsterdam’s Science Park.

The design by Dutch architect MVRDV is hoping to achieve a BREAAM Excellent certification, supported by 1,000 sq m of rooftop solar panels, smart lighting and heating and demountable construction – 90% of the building’s components can be reused or modified.

The structure’s floors are made using prefabricated concrete slabs with no fixed connections and a material passport system provides information such as the embodied carbon of 120,000 components.

The building contains laboratories and offices for tech companies including chip-maker Qualcomm and sustainability companies such as Photanol, Skytree and the startup FUL Foods.

Matrix One is the largest of seven buildings in the Matrix Innovation Centre, part of the science park.

Frans de Witte, a partner in MVRDV, said: “Building is state-of-the-art now, but it also acknowledges that the state-of-the-art is constantly changing.

“So we made both the interior spaces and the technical installations that serve them as flexible as possible; offices can easily be modified to become labs and vice versa, and labs can be easily upgraded with new systems to accommodate changing standards.”

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