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Dutch Embassy

Client:

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DHB "Director of the Real State Abroad Department"

Location/Country:

Jordan

Sector:

Architecture

Project Description

Rooted in a thorough understanding of building sustainability and energy efficiency, Dutch architect Rudy Uytenhaak's design of the new Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Amman includes a number of features that make use of existing building elements in addition to new features that have been added to suit its new function. With a total area of 1253 m², the spatial program incorporates a number of elements that are relevant to the work of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including offices, meeting rooms, guest office spaces and storage facilities. The project involves the adaptive reuse of the existing structure and features a number of sustainable design strategies aimed at increasing energy and water efficiency, optimum and sustainable use of building materials and the provision of a comfortable indoor environment for occupants. Considered one of the first green non-domestic buildings in Jordan, and the first to achieve LEED certification (LEED-Silver), the importance of the project, which has already been considered as a case study for green buildings in Jordan, extends well into the public realm to educate and raise awareness towards the sustainable design of the built environment.

Optimization of daylight is a main design strategy for most of the building spaces through glazing at the front of the building in addition to an atrium at the center. Solar shading is used to protect the offices from direct solar heat gain, hence reducing the need for cooling even further. A rainwater harvesting system is used in the irrigation of the garden which incorporates sustainable landscape design features like the preservation of existing trees and water efficient plants. Photovoltaic panels supply the building with a portion of its energy needs that is used for the office lighting and other energy efficient devices. An existing swimming pool on site is used as a thermal storage tank for the building’s HVAC system which incorporates solar thermal collectors. Other sustainable features include the use of sustainable furniture for the offices, the implementation of recycling, occupant controllability of building systems, including lighting, temperature, humidity and air flow and the use of local materials for the main building fabric.

Services Provided
  • •Architectural and interior design development and construction drawings.  Architectural and interior concept by Dutch Architect (Rudy Uytenhaak).
  • Architectural Review and rendering advise concerning local regulations
  • Landscape, Irrigation and storm water Design.
  • Structural engineering design forrehabilitation / reinforcement of the existing building structure to suit the intended use.
  • Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) design.
  • Application for permits (demolition and building), follow up and coordination with authorities.
  • Supervision of implementation (supervision of demolition and construction
  • Preparing all required applications and documentation to achieve LEED® project certification under the USGBC LEED for New Construction Version 2.2 standards.
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