The Dutch non-profit organisation Sanquin, which ensures the country’s medical facilities have access to blood and blood products, ran out of space. At the request of Sanquin, Jan Snel set to work building 2,800 m2 of temporary office space in Amsterdam-Slotervaart.
The temporary offices were constructed in a difficult place: the densely built-up area in Amsterdam-Slotervaart. It was imperative that Sanquin’s activities could continue unimpeded and with minimal inconvenience throughout the construction process.
In just four months, Jan Snel built 36 individual offices, 8 open-plan offices and 4 blocks of sanitary facilities. The office space was given a unique appearance by linking each floor to a separate theme. Themes such as A Thousand and One Nights, Alpine Meadows and A Jetty Landscape gave each floor a different dimension. The walls, furniture and sanitary facilities were completely aligned to each theme, creating a unique and pleasant working environment that is anything but generic. Thanks to the use of a modular construction system – and the cooperation of Jan Snel’s long-term partners for building systems and finishing – the building could be completed quickly and efficiently.
Jan Snel’s working method – prefabrication in the factory with on-site assembly and installation – made it possible to deliver the temporary office building quickly, with hardly any inconvenience to the organisation’s operations. In addition, the modular construction system offers numerous possibilities: there are many available varieties of exteriors for the modular units and the interiors can be finished and decorated according to individual preferences, as in this project.
Stacked construction: office units
36 individual offices, 8 open-plan offices and 4 blocks of sanitary facilities