BPRR NEW HEAD OFFICE
Europoort Rotterdam, Netherlands
BP Refinery Rotterdam
GROUP A, Folkert van Hagen, Maarten van Bremen, Adam Visser, Edwin Larkens, Ramon Wijsman, Paul Geurts, Roy Grob, Chris Woltjes, Brigitte v/d Tuin, Birgitta Rottmann, Birte Müller, Andrea Gianotti, Anne Derksen, Sander Peter Schuur, Sara Rojo, Gador Luque, Luna Solas and Paolo Moreno
The site along the d’Arcyweg-area is located in the transition zone between the harsh industrial landscape of refineries and the lush green of the Brielse Meer directly across the Hartel Canal. The landscape intervention provides, together with the need to create a safe workplace against possible explosion of the oil refinery, highly unconventional but interesting conditions for the new office building. Because of the possible danger of explosion the building is on the north site nestled into the landscaped dune, while on the south side the building emerges from the dune. Also in the interior the dune is visible in a dynamic way and forms part of the work environment. An elongated and organising atrium space is cut out from the man made dune. The wall on the cutting edge is covered with timber slats that differ in color and size, and evoke an association with geological layers; a reference to the business activities of BP RR.