In the new headquarters of the European Environment Agency of Brussels (by the Dutch architecture studio Cepezed), the offices are arranged around a central atrium with a height of seven stories, topped by a transparent roof that curves down to the ground and constantly ensures the entry of natural light in the building. The external facing of the two sides of the building, on the other hand, is in black aluminium, to absorb sunlight.
About 900 m2 of wooden dividers designed by Nathalie Daele, the architect of the Agency, are placed on the various levels. Made with American cherry, they organize the various workspaces in facilities with an open-plan layout. The warm, rich tones of cherry contrast with the white and light gray of the floors and ceilings in concrete.
The wood of the dividers introduces a natural element in the building, which becomes the leitmotif of the various levels. For the various layouts on different levels, the architect has combined high dividers made of separated strips and lower dividers made with solid wood. The dividers with strips allow natural light to spread from the central atrium inside the building, while the compact dividers conceal certain functional elements like coat racks and copy machines, while offering greater privacy for meeting areas.
Photo by Leon van Woerkom | Architectenbureau Cepezed