The other day, Design Boom reported on this project for the city of Groningen in the Netherlands. Designed by NL Architects, the project, called Sozawe — welfare department and work agency — has office spaces, a large interior public space, and 215 parking spaces. Each of the nine office floors includes access to outdoor spaces with trees and a view over the city.
Although different, Sozawe kind of resembles ACROS Fukuoka, which is another stepped green roof project. Both projects find a way to integrate green space and office space in a compelling architectural package.
Explaining the design, Design Boom said, "In their design NL aimed to construct a building which was open, inviting and sustainable. A crucial part of the program was the 'marketplace' or 'square' to allow interaction between the department and its customers."international