Consider an office building that comfortably supports 2,500 workers…with fewer than half as many desks. A building where all the lighting panels are connected by ethernet cable, making every panel controllable and customizable using an smartphone app. A building sporting enough photovoltaic solar paneling to power the entire footprint, including electric car charging stations at the parking lot. A parking lot that recognizes your car and directs you to an empty spot in the morning.
These and more high-tech features are all part of Amsterdam’s fifteen-story, 430K S.F. office building dubbed The Edge. The tower is home to international consulting firm Deloitte, who helped work on the technology, providing both technical capability and the all-important tenant’s perspective at the same time.
Owned by Germany-based Deka Immobilien and designed by London’s PLP Architecture, The Edge has been lauded for its sustainable features and deep designs that even repurpose rainwater to flush its toilets. The project is a living proof that the challenges of energy and resource efficiency can meet and be mitigated with the demands of tenants. The building systems do not create perfectly seamless solutions with every feature, but it’s a clear leap forward into a future where office experiences will leave the 20th century behind.