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Truly sustainable office and laboratory complex                                             MVRDV designs Matrix 1 for Amsterdam Science Park
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Truly sustainable office and laboratory complex

MVRDV designs Matrix 1 for Amsterdam Science Park

Located in the heart of Amsterdam Science Park is MVRDVs design for Matrix 1, an office and laboratory complex that combines standard laboratories with playful and spacious social areas. The University of Amsterdam (UvA) has reached an agreement to occupy around a quarter of the 13,000m2 building to host the SustainaLab, a specialist facility for research into sustainability that aims to stimulate creative cooperation between education, research, government, and entrepreneurship.

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This article was published in LABinsights www.labinsights.net maXus media MVRDV designs Matrix 1 for Amsterdam Science Park Truly sustainable office and laboratory complex Located in the heart of Amsterdam Science Park is MVRDVs design for Matrix 1, an office and laboratory complex that combines standard laboratories with playful and spacious social areas. The University of Amsterdam (UvA) has reached an agreement to occupy around a quarter of the 13,000m2 building to host the SustainaLab, a specialist facility for research into sustainability that aims to stimulate creative cooperation between education, research, government, and entrepreneurship. Balance The construction of Matrix 1 is expected to start in 2020, with the opening planned for the beginning of 2022. The design by MVRDV ensures that it will be an open and social building. This has been achieved with a zigzagging staircase that is inspired by, and an extension of, the network of paths on the campus. The spacious stairwell forms the social heart of the building and is fully visible to the outside world thanks to the glass façade. It provides a balance in the building between the standardized laboratories and a playful, people-oriented architecture. Matrix 1s stairwell will thus allow scientific workers to feel pampered in the same way that has become normal in the tech sector. The stairwell greets users immediately upon entering the building, operating as a perfect meeting place to stimulate interaction between different users. Entrances on both sides of the building are also connected via a large, inviting atrium. Flexible The University of Amsterdam has chosen to establish its new SustainaLab in Matrix 1, where it will work on technologies and systems that reduce CO2 emissions, develop green business models, make agriculture more sustainable, and absorb the consequences of climate change. "We are pleased with the agreement of the University of Amsterdam to occupy Matrix 1. As a user, the university fits well with the spirit of this building," says Frans de Witte, partner at MVRDV and the lead architect responsible for the project. "We look forward to see which other institutions will soon be housed in the rest of the building. The spaces are designed to be flexible for this purpose; office space can be turned into laboratory space with minor adjustments and vice versa. The presence of multiple companies offers opportunities for social interaction, cross-pollination, and innovation." Fit for reuse SustainaLab's mission fits in perfectly with the design by MVRDV, in which sustainability plays an important role. For example, the steel structure and the concrete floors of the six-storey building can be dismantled so that components can easily be reused in the future. Where possible, all surfaces of the building have been used; the roof contributes to climate, biodiversity and water buffering with greenery and solar panels. The building will meet the ambitious Amsterdam targets for energy performance (EPC 0.15) and water retention, and targets BREEAM excellent certification, making Matrix 1 a standard-bearer in MVRDVs endeavour to deliver sustainable projects. September 2019 | LABinsights 47
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