A modern and open design of the building was sought in the general and office areas. Hence, concrete core activation was chosen, which was combined with an integrated "cable box" along the façade, containing the cabling and connection points (electricity and data). The workstations in the middle area are accessed from the "open ceiling" via a vision installation. Also for the purpose of the open structures, a sprinkler system was used, which was collapsed in the offices. A traditional suspended ceiling was chosen in the laboratories. This was necessary to integrate the large volume of air (with aftercooling) and the many installations without creating areas that would be difficult to clean.
For the physical laboratories, it was considered to omit the suspended ceilings as well, since here the pollution argument is less relevant. The plant design is based on a very energy-efficient design. This includes low temperature heating, elevated temperature cooling and heat recovery on all air handling systems and the lab cabinets. A high degree of flexibility is projected within the building; it must be possible to change and/or relocate functions within the building (e.g., laboratories among themselves, but also between laboratories and offices). To this end, additional investment was made in the installation infrastructure down to room level.
Integrated lab wall
To support the flexible installation design, a clear separation between the building-related installations (carrier) and the user installation (built-in) has been made. This has gone so far that the lab equipment (furniture, media and other lab facilities) is also modularly integrated with the walls between the laboratories. At a fixed distance of 1,5 meters, carriers were installed in the walls to which "plug and play" the lab cabinets and installations were attached. Due to this hard modular size, adaptation and expansion is easily possible without any chopping and breaking.
For the buildings on the site (Science Park Amsterdam), the EPC value is 25% below the requirements of the year 2001. The EPC of the building of the FNWI is about 73% of the requirement (2004).
In addition, the building is required to have an ECO-Quantum, which is 20% below the environmental performance of a reference building in terms of water, energy, materials and waste. To this end, several integrated solutions have been implemented. In addition to a very good building envelope, various energy-reducing variants were used, such as large transparent façade elements (daylight), daylight-controlled lighting fixtures, flow control for the air treatment (demand-controlled ventilation). The high degree of flexibility contributes to a long service life. Concrete core activation was used for the office section.