On the Martenshoek Noord industrial estate in Hoogezands, an old shed has been transformed into a new, multifunctional central warehouse for the Groningen water company. Architects’ firm Team 4 created the design for this radical conversion, which was done in only nine months. The most remarkable feature is the facade of glass and blue, white and silver surfaces that brings the building totally into line with the water company's sustainable mission and its location along the Winschoterdiep canal.
For the design of the new facade, architect Nico Visser sought inspiration in the core business of the Groningen water company and the location of the building along the Winschoterdiep. “We opted for Rockpanel Colours facade cladding in the blue corporate style colours of the client, supplemented by silver and white panels. By doing so, we succeeded in mirroring the shimmering of the water on the facade. As dusk falls, the facade comes to life thanks to rows of blue LEDs hidden in the overlaps between the coloured surfaces.”