Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
The new offices for this law firm are located in an existing freestanding building. It's located between the new Amsterdam WTC, a dynamic cluster of new towers, and a residential neighbourhood of modest mid-century villas. The project was initially only office interior design and grew into an architectural project. The existing building had a strongly articulated façade of tinted glass, bow windows, reverse ziggurat corners, and pale cladding. While impractical to reclad, it was important to renovate the base building architecture to some degree to improve its presence whilst emphasising its new life. The architectural modifications concentrated on a clearly delineated ‘T’ section through the building plan which encompasses all of the public environment of the building. The new façade, whilst being much more transparent, has an integral strength in its finish and construction, respecting the structural matrix of the existing building.