program: garden centre, office, business start-ups, retail & restaurant
area: 4.000 m2
client: Dhr. W.Rogge
design: allard architecture
consultants: CODYC BV
The Klushub project involves the complete overhaul of a typical late seventies office building which was constructed during a time of rapid expansion for the city of Amsterdam. Allard Architecture has developed a strategy to integrate a variable façade system that will enable the building to adapt into a multi-use program.
The new façade system is made up of internal glazing sections with grow trays for plants that are hung from the top of each floor slab. From here vegetation grows up a light weight rib structure that spans each floor and also serves as a shading device for the spaces within.
The original block is made up of obsolete building systems, making it difficult for the building to be modernized. The entire building is focused around a garden theme. The ground floor is opened up in plan to become a gardening centre. Shops, offices, work spaces and support facilities for business start-ups fill the floors above. At the top of the building is a restaurant that is covered by a pergola structure.