V8 Architects has been asked by G&S Vastgoed and Cityhold Office Partnership (CHOP), part of Nuveen Real Estate, to make the design for the seventies building at the Prinses Irenestraat 59 at the Zuidas business district in Amsterdam. The ambition is to renovate the building which is currently in use as a primary school, into a prestigious and sustainable office building.
At the time the building was designed by architectural firm Le Grand & Selle. Together with its surrounding buildings the Parnas complex (1975) and the Atrium (1972), it is among the oldest buildings in the Zuidas. The location is special; on the one hand Amsterdam WTC railway station and the Zuidas business district and on the other hand the quiet residential area of Amsterdam-Zuid. In the design of V8 Architects both characters are combined: a sustainable, elegant and timeless office in a lush green garden. With a surface area of approximately 14,000 m2, the building is one of the last properties with renovation potential on the Zuidas.