European Patent Office’s new premises in The Hague receives international award as “Best Tall Office Building”

  • The new premises of the European Patent Office (EPO) in The Hague have been named “Best Tall Office Building”
  • The EPO’s new premises in The Hague are the first in the Netherlands to win this international award
  • The award is administered by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), an internationally recognised arbiter on tall buildings
  • EPO President Campinos: “Our office in The Hague is now a state-of-the-art workplace for staff and an internationally recognised symbol of the EPO’s commitment to innovation”

Munich, 11 April 2019
The European Patent Office (EPO) announces that its new building in The Hague has
been named “Best Tall Office Building” by the Council on Tall Buildings and
Urban Habitat (CTBUH), an internationally recognised arbiter on tall buildings.
Edda Franz, EPO Principal Director General Administration, and Diederik Dam,
Dam & Partners Architecten, accepted the award on behalf of the EPO at a conference
in Shenzhen, China, on Wednesday, 10 April 2019.

The CTBUH had already ranked the EPO’s new building among
winning projects in the category “Best Tall Building 100-199 Meters” last year,
qualifying it to compete for further distinctions at the Shenzhen event, which
drew international entrants in multiple categories. To be considered for an
award, construction projects need to make significant contributions to the
advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, with sustainability as
a key focus area.  Each project is
expected to minimize effects on the natural environment, have a positive influence
on inhabitants in the local area, and be of economic vitality to its occupants
and the community.

EPO President António Campinos underlined the significance of
the building. “We are delighted to receive this recognition and I extend my
sincerest gratitude to architects Jean Nouvel and Diederik Dam who turned our
shared vision into a reality. Our office in Rijswijk is now not only a
state-of-the-art workplace for staff, but also an internationally recognised
symbol of the EPO’s commitment to innovation.”

Speaking on behalf of Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Dam &
Partners Architecten who created the building, Diederik Dam added “For us, our
Dutch-French architectural cooperation began with friendship. And it continued
in that spirit of mutual respect and the sheer joy of designing together. The
design of the new premises for the EPO was forged from a truly international
cooperation. And it is fitting that the equally international community of the
EPO’s staff in The Hague now have a new home”.

Construction began in 2014 and four years later, the building
was inaugurated in the presence of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the
Netherlands. Staff moved into their offices in September and October of 2018,
bringing together examiners, lawyers and support teams on one site and in doing
so, fostering greater synergies among EPO departments.

The slim tower measures 107 metres in height, 156 metres in
length, yet is only 24.7 metres in width. It also has several distinct
features:  The double glass facade houses
hanging gardens containing 300 different varieties of plants and the cavity
between these facades channels fresh air into the smart ventilation and climate
system. The original design brief stated that the building should be 20% more
energy-efficient than limits set by the Netherlands as part of its commitment
to meeting EU legislation. To this end, photovoltaic solar panels on the roof
provide a source of renewable energy and an aquifer thermal energy storage system
reduces primary energy consumption and related CO2 emissions.

The Hague construction project was entirely self-financed and
is the Office’s largest single investment in its history in the Netherlands.
Some 2 000 staff work in the building where advanced technical infrastructure
helps patent examiners implement the European patent grant process. Among those
to benefit are the inventors and their legal representatives attending oral
proceedings related to the examination of their patent applications. Up to 3
000 such proceedings are held by the EPO every year.

contacts European Patent Office

Jana Mittermaier
Director External Communication


Senior Press Officer

press desk

Tel.: +49 89 2399 1820
+49 163 8399527

About the EPO

With nearly 7
000 staff, the European Patent Office (EPO)
is one of the largest public service institutions in Europe. Headquartered in
Munich with offices in Berlin, Brussels, The Hague and Vienna, the EPO was
founded with the aim of strengthening co-operation on patents in Europe.
Through the EPO’s centralised patent granting procedure, inventors are able to
obtain high-quality patent protection in up to 44 countries, covering a market
of some 700 million people. The EPO is also the world’s leading authority in
patent information and patent searching.

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