The Grace of the Grid

Wrapped in a continuous grid facade, our elegant, transparent HQ for Danone harmonizes with its green surroundings while embodying an innovative vision of wellness at work. It is also part of something bigger: namely, the refined health- and sustainability-driven ensemble it forms together with its Asics counterpart.

Time span2016 - 2019
Size8 400 m²
LocationHoofddorp, NL
TypeOffices, Sustainability
RED Company
Partners in charge
Nanne de Ru, Paul Stavert

Ahead of the curve

Ahead of the curve

The location on a landscaped campus inspired us to create a transparent building. We took a simple, rectangular volume as the basis for a clean, geometric design, animated by a strong structural grid precisely executed in terrazzo tiles and glass. Organically rounded corners soften the hard edges and further integrate the building into the natural setting, while the rhythm of the facade grid is echoed in the other campus building, the Asics HQ.

Patterns of shadow and light

Our grid frames views
Maximizing glass openings
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A sociable heart

A sociable heart

We organized the interior around a bright, spacious atrium next to the garden, with an inviting sculptural staircase to the southwest. Large steps mean our stairs can function as spaces for meetings, breaks, and even presentations and lectures. The glass roof, together with the transparent facade, ensures natural light all the way to the ground floor and allows a 20-meter-high, plant-covered vertical garden to flourish happily.

Ground Floor

Office Floor


Wellness at work

Health-boosting daylight and views
Work space with vertical garden
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Danone's motto, One Planet. One Health, inspired us to design the perfect working environment for a company that has made sustainability and health its core values.

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