Designed by UNStudio, Education Executive Agency and Tax Offices is located in Groningen, Netherlands. A monochromatic form with repetitive projecting fins, the structure towers above its neighbours in the public realm, its asymmetric form ‘set amidst small, ancient woodland, sheltering rare and protected species’. External developments are still in progress, as concepts for a sizeable public garden with water features and a commercial pavilion are put into place.
The characteristic fins on the building’s exterior integrate elements of shading, wind control and daylight penetration, whilst keeping a large amount of heat outside the building which reduces the need for excess cooling measures inside. A high pressure ventilation system with natural air inflow and outflow via main engineering shafts and the facade grills on the 11th floor also reduces the need for artificial ventilation.