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The building for the new CANON Production Printing Netherlands headquarters 'Green Landmark', designed by BroekBakema architects and M+R interior architecture, is based on Canon's Kyosei philosophy: living and working together for the common good.

Concept and design interior of new head office + innovative working environment






Canon Production Printing


The energy consumption of the new building is low thanks to sun-resistant facades, insulating triple glazing and energy-efficient LED lighting. There are solar panels all over the roof, and even the atrium roof contains solar cells. The building is connected to a heat pump and uses heat and cold storage (WKO). Thanks to the design, there is a Breeam Excellent design certificate.
The new building is designed for changing uses in the future. This makes it easy to change the layout of the flexible working environment. Any building expansion is also easy by installing additional floors in the 'Green Plazas'.

Green, public spaces, the so-called 'Green Plazas', connect employees and visitors. These spaces, interconnected and always linked to two office floors, are designed as a courtyard and function as the central meeting place. They form the connecting link between work areas within the new head office. These high, spacious meeting places are designed for informal collaboration. The large glass surfaces provide plenty of daylight in the building and provide a beautiful view of the green surroundings. The building always unfolds in a different way per floor.

The interior and the innovative working environment were designed in close collaboration with the users and M+R interior architecture during various co-creation work sessions. To develop the innovative work areas, M+R used 3D models, among other things, with which employees were able to design the ideal working environment.

M+R has used sustainable materials as much as possible for the interior. The slatted walls on the work floors, which contribute to optimal acoustics (would be made from the wooden facade parts of the old head office, but this building will no longer be demolished but repurposed) are made of sustainably grown oak. The wall finish is made of felt in natural tones. In addition to sustainable materials, M+R has made maximum use of existing furniture that has been refurbished and provided with new sustainable upholstery. Existing tables have been made suitable again by providing the table tops with a unique print.

In line with the innovative working environment on the '4 work floors', M+R has designed the representative areas such as the restaurant; the meeting rooms, the living rooms; the meeting center, the boardroom and an auditorium with a capacity of 170 people. Mainly sustainable materials have been used here. The challenge for us was that the wooded environment, the building and the interior merge seamlessly; a complete synthesis of the architecture with the interior, timeless, innovative and sustainable. The entire building is like a 'Gesamtkunstwerk' in which the applications of Canon's printing technology have been translated into parts of the interior. As a visual element, the X-frames in the building and the wooded surroundings have been translated into a graphic image for, among other things, printing the special curtains and privacy foil. M+R has developed a complete manual for the customer journey for the project, based on Canon's corporate identity. Part of this is the signage of the entire site and the head office; here are the past; present and future translated into the building. On the grounds, a forest walk is part of the whole with sculptures from Canon's art collection and a script has been created for the use of art in the interior.


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