• News release
  • June 15, 2017
  • Amsterdam

Arcadis designs sustainable icon for Zuidas business district in Amsterdam

Amsterdam - The Beacon, a 20-story mixed-use tower developed by G&S Vastgoed and designed by CallisonRTKL, Arcadis’ architecture subsidiary and Powerhouse Company, embodies the latest thinking in sustainable design principles.

The Beacon is a mixed-use development that integrates office, commercial and residential components into a unified whole

Arcadis (Euronext: ARCAD), the leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets, today announces that it will be the designer of a new development on Amsterdam’s Zuidas. The building, named The Beacon, will be developed by G&S Vastgoed, a leading Dutch-based property developer. Arcadis will also become a launching tenant and will occupy the top levels of the 20-story tower.

“Arcadis has been working on this development for quite some time, and I’m pleased to announce this project win and exciting development for the company so early in my tenure with Arcadis,” said Peter Oosterveer, who was appointed CEO of Arcadis in April 2017. 

Designed by CallisonRTKL, the architecture subsidiary of Arcadis, in partnership with Powerhouse Company, The Beacon is a mixed-use development that integrates office, commercial and residential components into a unified whole. The iconic tower interlocks with a six-level Podium that accommodates residential units, a signature restaurant and streetscape retail.
“Our goal was to create a unified, totally integrated development that is greater than the sum of its parts,” says Jorge Beroiz ARB, RIBA, design lead on the project. “We think the building strikes a traditional chord but is unabashedly contemporary in its geometry, use of materials and integration of technology.”

The design embodies the latest thinking in sustainable design principals, reflecting Arcadis’ commitment to improving quality of life. 

“This will be our global headquarters,” adds Oosterveer. “The project must fully embody our core values as a global steward of the environment.”

A living roof, photovoltaic technology, solar fins and wind turbines are among the elements that are being considered. Designed with the flexibility to accommodate a range of tenancies, the floor plans have been configured to maximize access to daylight, encourage walkability within the workplace and harvest reusable energy. The building will be registered for BREEAM certification.

The building is currently in the formative stages of design and is expected to enter jurisdictional reviews and impact assessment later this summer. Construction is expected to begin in 2018 with initial occupancy expected in 2021. CallisonRTKL will serve as the design architect, the Powerhouse Group will serve as architect for the Podium and residential component, and Arcadis NL will serve as architect of record for the tower.

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Joost Slooten, Arcadis NV
T: +31627061880

About Arcadis
Arcadis is the leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets. Applying our deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services we work in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets. We are 27,000 people active in over 70 countries that generate €3.3 billion in revenues. We support UN-Habitat with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world. www.arcadis.com 

About CallisonRTKL
CallisonRTKL is a global architecture, planning and design practice. Over the last 70 years, CRTKL has created some of the world’s most memorable and successful environments for developers, retailers, investors, institutions and public entities. CRTKL is consistently ranked as the number one retail design firm in the world and a top-five architecture practice across multiple disciplines and sectors. Their team of nearly 2,000 professionals around the world is committed to advancing their clients’ businesses and enhancing quality of life. www.callisonrtkl.com

About Powerhouse Company
Powerhouse Company is based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. They are a full-service architecture, interior architecture and design company and work a wide range of projects: from public projects such as train stations and schools, to developer initiated projects such as office buildings and housing blocks, to private residences, interiors and products. Originally founded in 2005, Powerhouse Company is now being run by partners Nanne de Ru, Stijn Kemper, Stefan Prins and Paul Stavert. www.powerhouse-company.com

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