Floating in the Air, new European Patent Office (EPO) building by Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Floating in the Air, new European Patent Office (EPO) building by Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Photo of the EPO's new main building in The Hague.  ©Ronald Tilleman for European Patent Office
11/07/2018
Floating in the Air, new European Patent Office (EPO) building by Ateliers Jean Nouvel
[Rijskwijk] The Netherlands
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Floating in the Air, new European Patent Office (EPO) building by Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Photo of the EPO's new main building in The Hague. ©Ronald Tilleman for European Patent Office
A building of noble proportions whose materiality is disturbing and total geometric abstraction, this is the new project by Ateliers Jean Nouvel.
The new proposal of Ateliers Jean Nouvel for the European Patent Office (EPO) bets on geometry, dematerialization and symbolism. This project, calm and serene, assumes the color of the sky through the clear, slightly iridescent glass of its facades and the stainless steel of the horizontal lines that give it rhythm.
 

Description of project by Ateliers Jean Nouvel

The Hague, Rotterdam–these are great ports where great ships align themselves with seaside horizons. Great international ships always loaded with mysteries…

The EPO site in The Hague, at Patentlaan 2 in Rijswijk, represents the characteristic polder, with the horizontality of a sea turned to stone. And the biggest structures, too, line up like boats on the water. The location calls for a proposal that reveals its real nature, the eternal issue of the specific magic of a place. The poetics of location ar...read more

Architect
Jean Nouvel, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Paris
. Diederik Dam, Dam & Partners Architecten, Amsterdam
Project leaders Competition
Jean-François Winninger, Haakon Brouwer
Architects / engineers
Karam Antwan, Marie-Hélène Baldran, Maur
ice van den Berg, Paolo Carignano, Henk Heijink, Astrid Hopfner, Medard Jordan, Alexander Lefebvre, Mark Linenberger, Kirsi Marjamaki, Jose Millan, Serena Minacci, Glenn Mostaard, Daniele Pasin, Julien Pasteau, Andre Procopio, Mathias Raasch, Marc Stoop, Martin Tegaldo, Caterina Vetrugno, Bram Waumans
Collaborators
Structure.- Zonneveld Ingenieurs, Rotter
dam. Climate, fire safety & acoustics.- Peutz, Zoetermeer. Computer generated images.- Benjamin Alcover, Mathieu van Ek, Kyra Frankort , Peter Hoste, Michael Kafassis, Mizuho Kishi, Sébastien Rageul. Graphic design.- Martin Gasc, Eugénie Robert, Vatsana Takham, Elise Taponier. 3D modelling.- Michael Gloudeman, Arjan Noya, Paul Schillemans. Interior design.- Edwin van Heijningen, Ernesto Mistretta, Nicolas Perrichi, Léo Chapuis. Landscape.- Laura Giuliani, Sanne Horn, Wim Wijsman. Models.- Romain Caillon, Rui Pereira, Ursula Tyszkiewicz. Artistic interventions.- Sculpture in the pond, Jean Nouvel
Development and execution
Bernard Duprat, Merlijn Pennings
Client
European Patent Office (EPO)
Constructor
TBI Consortium New Main, consisting of J
.P. van Eesteren and Croonwolter&dros
Building
services Croonwolter&dros, Rotterdam
. Deerns, Rijswijk
Budget
EUR 205 million
Program
Office building with a double glass faca
de, about 100m high and 150m long houses meeting rooms, training center, opposition rooms, sport facilities, amicale club, coffee corner, restaurant
Building dimensions
156 metres long x 107 metres high x 24.7
metres wide from façade to façade
Dates
Construction start date.-2014.
Construction completion.-2018
Habitable area / Surface area
52,700 m² / 87,500 m²
Venue
Patentlaan 2, 2288 EE Rijswijk.
The Netherlands
Photo of the EPO's new main building in The Hague.  ©Ronald Tilleman for European Patent OfficeThe European Patent Office in Rijswijk designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Dam & Partners Architecten.    Copyright: European Patent Office. Photo by Ossip van Duivenbode. The European Patent Office in Rijswijk designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Dam & Partners Architecten.    Copyright: European Patent Office. Photo by Ossip van Duivenbode. Photo of the EPO's new main building in The Hague.  ©Ronald Tilleman for European Patent OfficeThe European Patent Office in Rijswijk designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Dam & Partners Architecten.    Copyright: European Patent Office. Photo by Ossip van Duivenbode. The European Patent Office in Rijswijk designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Dam & Partners Architecten.    Copyright: European Patent Office. Photo by Ossip van Duivenbode. Photo of the EPO's new main building in The Hague.  ©Ronald Tilleman for European Patent OfficeThe European Patent Office in Rijswijk designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Dam & Partners Architecten.    Copyright: European Patent Office. Photo by Ossip van Duivenbode. Rendering. Floating in the Air, new European Patent Office (EPO) building by Atelier Jean Nouvel. Courtesy by Atelier Jean NouvelSite plan. Floating in the Air, new European Patent Office (EPO) building by Atelier Jean Nouvel. Courtesy by Atelier Jean NouvelAxonometry. Floating in the Air, new European Patent Office (EPO) building by Atelier Jean Nouvel. Courtesy by Atelier Jean NouvelAxonometry. Floating in the Air, new European Patent Office (EPO) building by Atelier Jean Nouvel. Courtesy by Atelier Jean NouvelDrawing. Floating in the Air, new European Patent Office (EPO) building by Atelier Jean Nouvel. Courtesy by Atelier Jean NouvelDiagram. Floating in the Air, new European Patent Office (EPO) building by Atelier Jean Nouvel. Courtesy by Atelier Jean NouvelProgram. Floating in the Air, new European Patent Office (EPO) building by Atelier Jean Nouvel. Courtesy by Atelier Jean Nouvel

NOUVEL

Jean Nouvel, (born August 12, 1945) is a French architect. Nouvel studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and was a founding member of Mars 1976 and Syndicat de l'Architecture. He has obtained a number of prestigious distinctions over the course of his career, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (technically, the prize was awarded for the Institut du Monde Arabe which Nouve...read more