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Office Building: Education Executive Agency And Tax Offices, Groningen, The Netherlands

Picture of the office building at sunset as seen from the street
Office Building: Education Executive Agency And Tax Offices, Groningen, The Netherlands
© Christian Richters, Ronald Tilleman, Ewout Huibers, Aerophoto Eelde

Searching for some modern architecture in Europe, we found this office building built in the city called Groningen. It really is an eye catcher. First thought - Zaha Hadid. But we were wrong. It's an Education Executive Agency headquarters and Tax Office building designed by UNStudio.


Complex is made of three sections: an office building, underground parking and public city garden with the pavilion. Construction took pace from 2006-2011. Beautiful combination of blue reflecting glass and white curves as the facade make this building really stand out from the surrounding architecture.

Picture of an office building during the day as seen from the entrance looking up
Education Executive Agency And Tax Offices, Groningen, The Netherlands
© Christian Richters, Ronald Tilleman, Ewout Huibers, Aerophoto Eelde

"The design for the Education Executive Agency and Tax Office building, accommodating 2,500 employees, reflects and caters for the separate identities of both user groups, whilst simultaneously creating synergy by means of shared use of secondary spaces – among which underground parking facilities, public gardens, a central hall and a pavilion for commercial functions.

The aerodynamic form of the building has been achieved as the result of extensive sun and wind studies. The terraces, rounded corners and façade design guarantee minimum disruption to the microclimate of the surrounding urban green space, known as the ‘Sterrenbos’, whilst integrating sun shading, wind regulation, daylight penetration and construction in one concept, with the result that both material and energy use are minimised."
          -UNStudio

Pictures of an office building and it's facade as seen from the street
Education Executive Agency And Tax Offices, Groningen, The Netherlands
© Christian Richters, Ronald Tilleman, Ewout Huibers, Aerophoto Eelde

Picture of an office building at night
Education Executive Agency And Tax Offices, Groningen, The Netherlands
© Christian Richters, Ronald Tilleman, Ewout Huibers, Aerophoto Eelde

Picture of the interiors with colorful chairs
Interiors od Education Executive Agency And Tax Offices, Groningen, The Netherlands
© Christian Richters, Ronald Tilleman, Ewout Huibers, Aerophoto Eelde

Picture of pink walls in the offices
Interiors of Education Executive Agency And Tax Offices, Groningen, The Netherlands
© Christian Richters, Ronald Tilleman, Ewout Huibers, Aerophoto Eelde

Picture of the lobby with concrete circles on the ceiling
Interiors of Education Executive Agency And Tax Offices, Groningen, The Netherlands
© Christian Richters, Ronald Tilleman, Ewout Huibers, Aerophoto Eelde

Picture of modern staircase in an office building
Interiors of Education Executive Agency And Tax Offices, Groningen, The Netherlands
© Christian Richters, Ronald Tilleman, Ewout Huibers, Aerophoto Eelde

Picture of the sky lobby and resting area with circular staircase
Interiors of Education Executive Agency And Tax Offices, Groningen, The Netherlands
© Christian Richters, Ronald Tilleman, Ewout Huibers, Aerophoto Eelde

Picture of an office building as seen from the air
Education Executive Agency And Tax Offices, Groningen, The Netherlands
© Christian Richters, Ronald Tilleman, Ewout Huibers, Aerophoto Eelde

Picture of an office building as seen from the air with the rest of the city in the bacground
Education Executive Agency And Tax Offices, Groningen, The Netherlands
© Christian Richters, Ronald Tilleman, Ewout Huibers, Aerophoto Eelde

Picture of the building as seen from the air by the surrounding short towers
Education Executive Agency And Tax Offices, Groningen, The Netherlands
© Christian Richters, Ronald Tilleman, Ewout Huibers, Aerophoto Eelde

Illustration of the building showing all the floors
Education Executive Agency And Tax Offices, Groningen, The Netherlands
© UNStudio

Floor plan of an office building
Education Executive Agency And Tax Offices, Groningen, The Netherlands
© UNStudio

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