Situated in the Enschede Business & Science Park is the new head office designed for ICT company Sigmax, a prominent, streamlined architectural structure. The uninterrupted glass façade ensures that sufficient daylight can enter the building, creating a pleasant working environment and providing direct contact with the surroundings.
Sigmax is a specialty ICT company that provides innovative mobile solutions for, among other things, the enforcement and monitoring tasks of municipal councils, police forces and public transport. The company wanted to merge the two different departments in a new office, with the option for further expansion. A fitting and sustainable working environment was created for Sigmax, via a building that energizes and inspires.
The design of the building is based on the specific work processes and organizational structure of Sigmax, resulting in a space that can flexibly respond to every development in the rapidly changing ICT world. The cell office and the open work landscape alternate to create a synergy between the various divisions. The building has been designed in the form of a stacked pavilion, where horizontal lines and a spectacular glass façade with rounded corners highlight its spacious and transparent character. The slim, floating space is separated only by glass, minimizing the visual boundary between indoors and outdoors. The extending floor areas function as vegetal roofs with moss growth, optimizing the feeling of a "green" environment. This is reflected also in the ground-level landscape design; the outdoor space was also based on creating a completely green environment around the building.
The design of Sigmax’s new building is very compact. The floors are organized as efficiently as possible using a very flexible layout. This makes it possible to create cell offices as well as open office landscapes. The compact structure, combined with the atrium in the heart of the building, promotes the connection between floors and stimulates contact and "chance" meetings between personnel. The building's aesthetics are primarily manifested in the design of the white steel sculptural staircase, which dominates the welcoming double-height entrance on the ground floor. This light, open space is used as company restaurant, presentation area and meeting place.
The building has been situated in an optimal position in relation to the sun. Each wall has its own climate concept, and all the climate control is managed by the façade. The cantilevering of the floors varies to control daylighting; for example, on the south side of the building, the cantilevers are a meter wide so as to act as shutters. Stainless steel panels allow indirect light from the outside to penetrate deeper into the building. On each floor, optimal daylight enters the building through the controlled windows and the atrium. This regulation of daylight and good climate control ensure a pleasant working environment. The 45-centimeter high floors incorporate climate units, concrete core activation, sun protection and ventilation. All the installations are concealed where possible.