Max & Moore

Category
Design, Green Architecture, Landscape Design

Location: Amsterdam
Project size: 9,800 m2
Type: Office / Restaurant
Status: Construction
Completion: Q4 2021

 

Developers: Being and COD
Architect: Mei architects and planners
Landscape architect: DELVA Landscape Architecture / Urbanism
Green Designer: MOSS
Contractor: Pleijsier Bouw
Constructor: Zonneveld Ingenieurs
Installation advisor: KVMC Management & Consultancy

 

Max & Moore is a new 9,800 m2 office complex on the Asterweg in the Buiksloterham district of Amsterdam Noord. The development by Being and COD, with design by Mei architects and planners in collaboration with DELVA Landscape Architecture / Urbanism and MOSS, is robust, chic, and green.

 

The green design by MOSS is characterized by three main green typologies: biodiverse green roofs with native species, climbing walls for local and seasonal flora, and lush patios. These interactive landscapes bring Max & Moore to life! With nature-inclusive design, a BREEAM Excellent (four stars) quality mark, and circular design, Max & Moore will be an inspiration for creative and productive entrepreneurs.

 

From an ecological standpoint, Max & Moore sits amidst an ecological corridor of Noord. To the East is Het Vliegenbos, the oldest city park of Amsterdam and home to many bird species. To the North East is the Noorderpark which is a green buffer between in Noord, and just North of our site also sits the Buiksloterbreekpark.

 

We have identified endangered plant and animal species in the area and designed our gardens as a home for them. Our biodiverse roof garden on Max East is planted with special seed mixes to reestablish communities of endangered plants such as the Saxifraga, and Cystopteris, as well as the Epidendrum spp. and Scutellaria integrifolia. Our aim is to weave the gardens of Max & Moore into the ecological corridor found in Amsterdam Noord.

 

Circularity is found within strategies of sustainability. Our green terraces and patios regulate the building’s surface temperature. Comparing a grey roof to a green roof in the summer, the green roof can be up to 30 degrees cooler, and indoors that means anywhere from 3-11 degrees less! This stabilization of temperature helps the microclimate and mitigates the urban heat island effect.

 

The permeable surfaces throughout the building catch stormwater and mimic hydrologic conditions found in nature. This means our green areas can retain a large amount of rainwater for a longer time and delay the peak discharge. Through the plant and vegetative roof surfaces we can store up to 10,000L of water at time at Max & Moore!

 

Nature is a linking factor between floor levels and also between buildings. The greenery contributes to biodiversity and provides ecosystem services for stormwater retention and urban heat island mitigation, while at the same makes Max & Moore a healthy workplace.