With its facility in San Francisco, the Consulate sought to further enhance its presence in the western U.S. by leveraging strong local networks in the areas of climate change and technology. Since the Consulate hosts a variety of business and cultural events, retracting doors between the reception area and the boardroom were added to accommodate larger groups. Strict security measures included access components manufactured in the Netherlands, including ballistic glass to preserve transparency. The result is an elegant solution that integrates security features unobtrusively into the office design.
The space’s aesthetic serves as a neutral background for the works of renowned Dutch designers ad 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. Among several European workplace mandates incorporated into the space, access to daylight and views for all occupants was 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