2006 - 2012
2006 - 2012
The Campus of insurance company Achmea is situated on the edge of Apeldoorn, on the foot of Holland’s biggest nature reserve: the Veluwe. ADP architects designed new buildings for the campus and Bureau B+B made a new design for the site. The landscape of the Veluwe is characterized by sand dunes, birch trees, junipers, heather and pines. The surrounding landscape flows seamlessly on to the campus. The new design enhances the feeling of working in the middle of nature. You can step right into the landscape from your workplace to have lunch, take a walk, or have a meeting.
The site is accentuated with stylized areas, referring to the Veluwe: a round garden with brightly flowering heather, an irregular shaped pond and two pavilions, hidden away in the woods. The paths wind through the landscape, like worn out desire lanes. In the middle of the campus, the path rises to a deck, that covers the parking lot. Trees grow between the cars, reaching above the deck with their tops. The campus is designed as a coherent unit: a landscape rather than an office garden.
The Veluwe spills into the campus, but also into the conference building. An indoor garden covering more than 750 square meters fills the atrium with an undulating landscape, reaching from the ground floor to the second floor. It is a natural biotope, with grassy hills and valleys covered with different kinds of ferns. The reception area and the restaurant are grouped around the garden. Visitors wait here for their appointment, employees meet for a coffee and events are celebrated here. It is a welcoming lobby, where the surrounding landscape enters the everyday work floor.