Lieven de Key HQ, Hoogte Kadijk Development, Amsterdam housing corporation buildings, Dutch Architecture Photos

Lieven de Key HQ, Hoogte Kadijk

4 Oct 2022

Design: Studioninedots

Location: Hoogte Kadijk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Lieven de Key HQ, Hoogte Kadijk, Amsterdam

Photos by Frans Parthesius

Lieven de Key HQ Amsterdam Building

Lieven de Key’s new Amsterdam headquarters prepares the housing association for the future

Studioninedots transformed the existing office of housing corporation Lieven de Key in Amsterdam into a sustainable and future-proof headquarters. The corporation’s two branches were efficiently merged into the existing building on the Hoogte Kadijk, additionally creating space for new social housing on the site of the other office. Lieven de Key’s new head office has a BREEAM In-Use rating of Excellent.

Lieven de Key HQ, Hoogte Kadijk, Amsterdam

The outdated interior of the original office buildings has made way as much as possible for a transparent and surprising office environment, in line with Lieven de Key’s modern ambitions. The newly created spaces provide room for spontaneous interactions and happenings, and are subject to an open interpretation in terms of function. The flexible office concept, natural materials, an abundance of daylight and the plenty of greenery introduced around and in the building prepare the housing association for the future.

Amsterdam housing corporation building

The new facades are characterised by the concrete structure that binds original buildings together like a ribbon, giving the headquarters a powerful presence. The continuous windows establish connection between the inner world and the street. In the large space at the heart of the building lies a green atrium flooded with natural light all around.

Lieven de Key HQ, Hoogte Kadijk, Amsterdam

“The concept of connection guides the design: connecting the existing buildings, connecting people and connecting with the neighbourhood.”

Studioninedots’ starting point for the design was the theme of connection – of people, of the existing buildings and with the neighbourhood. Linking the three original buildings together gave us the opportunity to create a fully opened ground floor, a dynamic landscape with inspiring spaces for joint meetings and informal interactions. The flexible workspaces not only facilitate diverse programmes and users, but promote efficiency by accommodating more people in the same buildings.

Lieven de Key HQ, Hoogte Kadijk, Amsterdam

“Opening up the ground floor spaces and the office areas links the varying programmes and users, and unites the three separate building elements.”

Across the full height of the atrium rises the central staircase, the building’s green lung and an eye-catcher from the street. The staircase is typified by the split-level plateaus, which act as shortcuts and new places for spontaneous interactions between colleagues. Given the dynamics on the staircase, the collective work functions are grouped around it and the activities that require more quiet or concentration are placed at a distance.

Lieven de Key HQ, Hoogte Kadijk, Amsterdam

At the heart of the ground floor is the lush courtyard garden. This green space seems to continue into the Werklab and restaurant via the open facades on either side, and catches the eye from the Nieuwe Vaart canal. In good weather, the facades can be opened all around, so that the garden also becomes an integral part of the open ground floor.

Lieven de Key HQ, Hoogte Kadijk, Amsterdam

“New internal and external interventions underline the guiding themes of connection and sustainability.”

Amsterdam housing corporation buildings

Instead of adding materials, we aimed to remove as many as possible. This not only creates more unobstructed heights and transparency, but also contributes greatly to the building’s sustainability score. The frames in the concrete structure that provides the building with its identity refer to the characteristic arch elements in the buildings in the surrounding area.

Lieven de Key HQ, Hoogte Kadijk, Amsterdam

Lieven de Key Offices Amsterdam – Building Information

Lieven de Key HQ
Client: Lieven de Key
Location: Hoogte Kadijk, Amsterdam, NL
Programme: Re-use of office building, restaurant, Lab and courtyard garden
GFA: 5.000m2
Certificate: BREEAM-NL In-use: Excellent
Design – realisation: 2017-2021

Lieven de Key HQ, Hoogte Kadijk Amsterdam interior Lieven de Key Headquarters Amsterdam interior

Design Team:

Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei, Metin van Zijl, Bas van der Pol, Jurjen van der Horst, Sem Holweg, Rutger van der Meer, Gerty Daniels, Adan Cardak, Leire Baraja Rodriguez, Camille Moreau, Eva Souren, Stefanie Krietemeijer


DELVA Landscape Architects | Urbanism, DZAP, Techniplan, Strackee, Cauberg Huygen, Wijngaarde & Partners, Skaal, Logge Circulair

Photography: Frans Parthesius

Studioninedots architects

Lieven de Key HQ, Hoogte Kadijk Amsterdam images / information received 041022 from Studioninedots

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Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, The Netherlands, western Europe

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