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MVRDV completes demountable office-cum-lab in Amsterdam

by Liam Turner
MVRDV's new demountable Matrix One building in Amsterdam

MVRDV has completed work on a demountable office and laboratory building in the centre of Amsterdam’s Science Park.

Serving as the main hub of the Matrix Innovation Center, the six-storey, 13,000 sq. m. building has been designed to be fully demountable.

Connections such as screws and bolts allow elements to be detached and reused when various parts of the building are updated.

The building’s floors are made using prefabricated concrete slabs with no fixed connections, allowing them to be reused at the end of the building’s lifespan.

More than 90% of the building’s materials can be reused again later, according to the Netherlands-based architectural firm.

Matrix ONE is the largest of seven buildings that now make up the Matrix Innovation Center, part of Amsterdam Science Park, where scientists and entrepreneurs work on sustainable solutions for current and future problems.

The building itself produces a significant proportion of the energy it consumes, according to MVRDV, and meets the Amsterdam targets for energy performance.

Another key element of MVRDV’s design is the large ‘social staircase’, which stands next to the main entrance on the building’s southern corner.

With tribune-style seating for presentations, tables for informal meetings, and coffee stations, the stairs bring together workers from different industries.

The building also includes a 100-seat auditorium.

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‘A standard-bearer’

MVRDV partner Frans de Witte said: “Matrix ONE offered an excellent opportunity for us to test a number of the carbon-reduction strategies we have long been investigating at MVRDV.

“The building is state-of-the-art now, but it also acknowledges that the state-of-the-art is constantly changing.

“So we made both the interior spaces and the technical installations that serve them as flexible as possible

“Offices can easily be modified to become labs and vice versa, and labs can be easily upgraded with new systems to accommodate changing standards.”

He continued: “In the decades to come when the building is no longer cutting-edge, it will become a source to harvest materials from for other buildings.

“In the future, we hope this is how all buildings will work – and we’re excited to see Matrix ONE become a standard-bearer in our own office.”

As a result of these sustainability and health measures, the building has received BREEAM-Excellent certification.

Image: MVRDV’s new demountable Matrix One building in Amsterdam. Credit: Daria Scagliola/MVRDV

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