The international headquarters for the FIFA Professional Football Players Association FIFPro is a wonderful representation of human centred design and client orientated considerations. The façade, completely comprised of Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM glass from AGC with Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM profiles from Alcoa, is a testimony to the transparency of the organization. Interior finishes and materials that employees and professional football players come into direct contact with have been carefully selected for their human and ecological safety and health criteria outlined in Cradle to Cradle® design protocols so as to support and encourage the healthy lifestyle of the buildings inhabitants. The large atrium and skylights scattered throughout the building flood the interior spaces with an abundance of natural daylight while special attention to naturally ventilating the building with fresh air helps to promote healthy building syndrome. Custom wall engravings throughout the offices and in the lobby pay special attention to FIFPro’s commitment to social fairness and justice around the world.
Constructed primarily of technical nutrients like glass, steel, aluminium and Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM zink, the FIFPro House has been designed for disassembly so as to be able to upcycle these valuable materials back into industrial production processes at an equal or higher level of quality. Integrated into Park 20|20’s park-wide clean renewable energy program and on-site wetlands helophyte filtration system that naturally purifies grey water before recirculating it into the office for reuse highlights this projects systems approach to business as an engine for change® through the use of eco-effective techniques to optimize tenant overhead costs. however, as an exercise in human and client centred design, perhaps the greatest testimony we can provide comes from FIFPro itself:
“This sustainable office, with its connecting auditorium for press conferences, seminars, and congresses, meets all of our expectations. The various open spaces, both inside and out, offer may possibilities for the formal and informal meetings that are often held here. What attracted us initially is the location and proximity to Schiphol and the whole look and feel of the park. These elements are both efficient and attractive for the many international visitors we receive here. By gaining more insight into the Cradle to Cradle® philosophy and realizing the clear positive gains we could make, our enthusiasm grew. Alongside this, the sustainable nature of the park is consistent with the social responsibility that we have towards our members. Fairness and justice being two of our key principles.”
- Theo van Seggelen, Director FIFPro
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