Office building The Grove:
smart, spacious and green
Right in the centre of Schiphol’s Central Business District (CBD), and still spacious and green: The Grove is the ideal workplace and meeting place for today’s professionals. But that’s not all: its unique design makes Schiphol’s newest office building both smart and sustainable.
Companies who want to offer their employees a workplace that’s inspiring, but above all one that’s both pleasant to work in and highly functional, find exactly what they’re looking for in The Grove. The newest building in the airport’s business district — with more than nine thousand square metres of floorspace, adjustable floor level layout and nearly three metre high ceilings — is first and foremost a place where everyone can feel relaxed and ‘at home’.
Wood, daylight and greenery
The style chosen for the design expresses this ambience perfectly. “We used a lot of wood, daylight and greenery”, Celine Lonis, property developer of Schiphol Commercial Real Estate, explains. “Professionals like to work in a tasteful and understated atmosphere; natural materials and good use of lighting promote a sense of wellbeing in the workplace.”
In terms of the latest technology, the building design is also leading edge. Both the frontage and the ceilings are installed with a network of smart technologies called a smart grid. Celine Lonis: “You can use the grid in the frontage to proactively set or adjust the climate control system to the optimal level. Inside we’ve installed various sensors that can be used to regulate the thermal comfort of the different areas, adjust the light levels or easily locate the flex workspace of a colleague.” This is a way to give employees a chance to tailor their workstation to their personal needs, allowing them to create the perfect working environment.
Inspiring each other
From your smartly designed working place you look out on the atrium, the multifunctional focal point of The Grove, where you can also work or meet with others. It’s accessible to everyone in the building. “The atrium is another way we generate atmosphere and facilitate a pleasant climate for working.” And according to Celine Lonis, that fits the contemporary character of the Central Business District (CBD), where companies that have already set up here regularly seek each other out for inspiration.