With an office relocation from Los Angeles, the Consulate's goal is to further enhance its presence in the western U.S. by leveraging strong local networks in climate change, bio- and nanotechnology, media and information technology. The office aesthetic serves as a neutral background for the works of renowned artists such as Marcel Wanders and Jeroen Henneman. This interior canvas is composed of maple flooring, limestone wall panels, and floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Because the Consulate hosts entertainment and cultural events, accordion doors between the reception area and the main boardroom allow public areas to accommodate large groups. Huntsman incorporated a Level 4 security rating requirement, including access components manufactured in the Netherlands and full-height welded plate steel walls that provide impenetrable security. The result is an elegant solution that makes visitors aware of security features, but integrates them seamlessly into the office's design.
In order to earn LEED® Gold certification, lighting and material selections effectively maximize resources while maintaining a high level of efficiency. Among several European workplace mandates incorporated into the space, access to daylight and views for all occupants were achieved by extensive use of glass, supplemented with highly efficient lighting that automatically adjusts to daylight levels.
Client Consular General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Location San Francisco, CA
Scope Consular Office Design (LEED-CI Gold certified)
Size 13,000 square feet
Commerical Interiors Contractors Awards, North Bay Corporate Tenant Improvement Winner, October 2010
"There's No Place Like Home," Contract, May 2010
Credits Photography by Sharon Risedorph