When designing the building, particular priorities were: the integration of the landscape in the building; a showroom in the arrival area, which presents DHI’s latest projects in the areas of water and the environment; the movement through the building; and the canteen’s contact with the outdoor areas and the nature.
The priority in the layout of the office floors was to create the best environment for an activity-based interior, which supports collaboration, project work, the option of peace and contemplation, etc.
The layout and location of structures, cores, and installations reduce the number of corridors and improves internal flow and flexibility when it comes to any future changes to the building.
The actual building consists of a single, 3-storey, 6,100m2 built structure, in which diagonal staggering of cores and atrium spaces in the floors creates dynamism, movement, and a variety of spatial experiences.
The staggering of the cores creates an opening for arrival from the outdoor parking spaces, with a diagonal opening facing the woods leading to the DHI laboratories and other facilities in the ‘Water Cluster’. This is an important factor in terms of consolidating DHI.
Meanwhile, the staggering of the atrium space emphasises a diagonal movement up to the building’s office floors. This means that from the reception area there is a view through the building of the countryside and on to DHI’s facilities, and up to the office floors.
The common room has access to a west-facing terrace with afternoon and evening sun. The canteen is located on the west side of the building and the south-facing terrace has morning and midday sun. The canteen is partially sunken to define a special room that facilitates large gatherings of people. In the outdoor area facing the forest lake, a multi-level terrace extends from the canteen, providing views of the forest lake and the surrounding woodland.