21 December 2023 | 3 min.

Start construction of The CubeHouse on the Zuidas in Amsterdam

The first hybrid-timber office building sets new standard

Developer G&S& starts this week with the construction of office complex The CubeHouse at the Zuidas. Covering 16,360 sqm of office space, The CubeHouse will be the business district's first hybrid-timber office building, rising on the last undeveloped plot within the Mahler4 area. The building is expected to be deliverd by the end of 2025.

The eye-catching design by renowned New York based architects SO-IL will grace the corner of Claude Debussylaan and Parnassusweg. The CubeHouse will be the new headquarters of major European bank BNP Paribas and consulting and engineering organisation Arcadis. The building has been acquired by a.s.r. real estate for the ASR Dutch Mobility Office Fund.

Green oasis of the Zuidas
A special feature of the building are the 'breathe spaces', also known as the symbolic green lungs of the building. They serve as relaxation and meeting places, where office users can enjoy a green environment. Architect Florian Idenburg: "These spaces are not only practical, but also meant to inspire and energise people. They are born from the idea of creating an office environment that is not only efficient, but also takes into account the well-being of the users. They consist of natural elements such as greenery, light and air, creating a vibrant atmosphere that not only increases productivity but also reduces stress."

Besides the breathe spaces for tenants, the office will have a public roof garden. This will be the green oasis of the Zuidas, offering not only stunning views but also a peaceful place to relax and meet. "It is a unique addition to the urban architecture that significantly improves livability," says Idenburg. "In The CubeHouse, innovation, functionality and well-being come together, making it more than just a workplace, it is a destination in itself."

Sustainable and energy efficient 
The CubeHouse is BREEAM Excellent and WELL Gold certified and meets the Paris Proof 2030 ambitions. This means that the well-being and health of the users are central. The spacious covered bicycle shed promotes sustainable commuting, while the adjacent and also under development Zuidasdok offers a seamless connection to public transport. 

The construction of The CubeHouse consists of 75 percent bio-based material and the use of approximately 13,000 m3 of wood contributes to the storage of no less than 9,000 tons of CO2. Sustainability goes hand in hand with energy efficiency in The CubeHouse. Solar panels integrated into the roof and facade generate more than 138,000 kWh annually, which corresponds to 80 percent of the building's expected energy use. Rainwater is collected and stored on the roof, while the graywater system uses rainwater for flushing toilets and irrigating the green roof garden.

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The CubeHouse on the Zuidas in Amsterdam