3M Office building

The new local headquarters of 3M The Netherlands. Design-and-build project with contractor Cordeel. Completed in 2014.

Involvement DLP:

  • From 2012 till 2013
  • Architect @cepezed
  • Preliminary and Final Design


The internationally renowned and S&P 500-quoted technology concern 3M supplies a variety of services and manufactured goods within a broad range of product groups including displays and graphics, healthcare, safety and security, transport and traffic, production and industry, office and also home and leisure. 3M The Netherlands is moving shortly from Zoeterwoude to modern new accommodation where the company can continue to develop as trendsetter. The building is situated at a high visibility location alongside the A13 motorway at Science Park Technopolis Delft. cepezed projects and construction company Cordeel joined forces to achieve a turn-key implementation, including the financing and realization and called in cepezed for the design. The entire process from first contact to delivery took place in an extremely short space of time.

The 3M building has a floor area of ca. 7,428 m2 and a striking, clean-cut round design, which generates maximum exposure and can be utilized well as an all-round billboard. It has horizontal articulation with aluminium-clad spandrel panels and panoramic strip windows on all sides. Internally, the building is divided into two semi-circular bays with a transparent roofed atrium in between. The ground floor includes space for a customer technology centre where 3M can present and demonstrate its new and existing products and technologies in a flexible way to a variety of internal and external parties.. The restaurant with a large outdoor terrace is also located on the ground floor. The first floor includes meeting facilities and two modern laboratories for internal research, testing and manufacture of prototypes and technologically high-grade products. On the third and fourth floors there are offices. On every floor in the atrium there are so-called breakout zones with coffee corners. The basement provides closed parking facilities for bicycles and motor vehicles and also has space for building support functions such as a distribution area, storage and changing rooms. The basement is kept out of sight by a green embankment with an integrated louvre wall.

A series of 3M’s own innovative products has been incorporated into the building. In addition, it is being delivered with a BREEAMNL Very Good certificate for sustainable buildings. Heating and cooling are regulated via a geothermal heat pump system (WKO). Strategic access via the heart of the building makes it easy to rent out each floor in sections, making the building eminently suitable for multi-tenant use.

(text borrowed from website cepezed)