Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reflecting the company’s leading position in the tech world, Booking.com’s City Campus in Amsterdam designed by UNStudio and HofmanDujardin reflects how Booking.com works, lives, and connects in the future.
This goal served as the starting point for the design.
During the research phase, visits were made to other successful tech company buildings.
However, Booking.com wanted their building to provide a truly unparalleled experience for their employees, so a completely new, out-of-the-box, and unique concept was required.
Creating a work environment that is socially, physically, and mentally healthy for Booking.com’s employees was also a key aim of the design from the outset.
Throughout the building, the architecture nudges employees to move by fostering engaging environments and by encouraging physical movement by use of stairs, bridges, and galleries across all levels, including the rooftop.
Even the emergency staircases become part of this concept, as untypically these are glazed along the atrium side, which not only encourages daily use but also offers light views from the stairs and visibility from the other spaces in the building.
Underfloor air distribution is used to provide fresh air in close proximity to the users, while radiant ceilings allow for very comfortable heating and cooling.
Special attention has also been given to the acoustics in both the office spaces and the atria, while alongside the generous daylight throughout the building, high-quality artificial light with very low glare enhances visual comfort.
The new campus is also state-of-the-art in terms of all sustainable solutions and achieved a BREEAM Excellent design certificate.
In addition, a connected building management system is incorporated to enable a frictionless space for all employees and operations staff alike.
While UNStudio designed the urban approach and architecture for the campus, including the continuous spatial experience of the building, HofmanDujardin has designed the interior masterplan and was responsible for the collaboration and supervision of the interior design.
This includes a variety of amenities in the form of 28 micro holiday destination breakout spaces.
These communal areas are spread throughout the campus for use by the employees and are unique destination-themed spaces, which include service points, restaurants, and breakout spaces with pantries.
The flexible and generous design of the work floors also made it possible to create numerous different working and meeting spaces.
The variety of these meeting spaces and amenities gives the employees freedom of choice to “design their day” for a healthy and productive work life.
Project: Booking.com City Campus
Architects: HofmanDujardin and UNStudio
Interior Architects: HofmanDujardin
Client: Booking.com and BPD (Bouwfonds Property Development)
Photographers: Hufton+Crow, Matthijs van Roon, Ewout Huibers, and Maarten Willemstein