William McDonough + Partners is pleased to announce the grand opening of the new Bosch Siemens HOME (B/S/H) office building—The Inspiration House—which is part of Delta Development’s Park 20|20 in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, the country’s first Cradle to Cradle®-inspired development. Cradle to Cradle is a positive approach to design based on nature’s principles that was developed by American architect William McDonough and German chemist Dr. Michael Braungart in their 2002 book, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things.
The Inspiration House is home to five top brands in household appliances: Bosch, Siemens, Gaggenau, Neff and Solitaire, the offices and showrooms for which have never before been under one roof. Designed as a flexible, innovative workplace, BSH includes a full-height atrium and showrooms that can be converted to offices as needed. Slimbouwen technology, which employs a panelized structural floor system with separate prefabricated services, was incorporated to reduce volume, waste, and construction time while allowing further flexibility and demountability. Interior spaces are designed to encourage occupant well-being through individual user controls, fresh air and sunlight, and materials assessments to ensure that safe and healthy products are used throughout the construction and use of the building. This is the first building to be complete at Delta Development’s Park 20|20. Unlike conventional offices, this facility will be open in the evenings and on weekends, providing the company a public profile and accessible posture to the community and enlivening the area.
“This building is a testament to the Cradle to Cradle design philosophy,” said William McDonough, FAIA, FRIBA Int., founder of William McDonough + Partners. “We are pleased to have had the chance to work with both Delta Development and B/S/H as the first building at the Park 20|20. B/S/H wanted us to create a building to express and support their mission. This has been an extraordinary collaboration and I think the results show that.”