The Amtrium is the latest addition to the trade fair and conference centre Amsterdam RAI. The multifunctional building includes office space, conference rooms, a public restaurant, and more. Many sustainable applications, including a climate zone with plants (greenhouse), make the Amtrium the first conference centre in the Netherlands to be awarded a BREEAM-NL Excellent certificate. In the restaurant, diners will soon be able to enjoy dishes prepared with herbs and vegetables grown in the greenhouse on the south façade.
The design explicitly considered how well the building fits with the existing complex while also having a connection with the Scheldeplein. With its transparent lower façade, the Amtrium creates new interaction between the RAI and the residential area that adjoins the complex. The addition of a high quality restaurant that is open to the public also contributes to the culinary and entertainment value of the neighbourhood.
Highly sustainable technologies were used in the development of the compact building. A climate zone with plants (greenhouse) is used to preheat the air with warmth from the sun, while taking exhaust air from the conference rooms. Rainwater is collected and used to irrigate the plants. Lifts, technical systems and emergency staircases are all integrated into the climate zone. The atrium provides ventilation for the offices and is connected to the climate zone in a sustainable climate concept. It uses residual heat systems in combination with a geothermal heat pump and combined heat and power. Heat is stored in the summer and cold is stored in the winter, and residual heat is converted into electricity. All the installations are energy efficient and make maximum use of sustainable sources.
The orientation of the building, the geometry of the façade and the atrium in the heart of the office facilities ensure that daylight can be used for lighting as much as possible. The atrium and other major vertical openings (the greenhouse and a void in the foyer) create space and grandeur in keeping with the ambition of Amsterdam RAI. Amtrium RAI has already received a BREEAM-NL Excellent design certificate, the quality mark for sustainability managed by the Dutch Green Building Council (DGBC).
Benthem Crouwel Architects
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