GROUP A: BP rotterdam refinery
GROUP A: BP rotterdam refinery GROUP A: BP rotterdam refinery
feb 01, 2012

GROUP A: BP rotterdam refinery

‘BP rotterdam refinery’ by group A in europort, the netherlands all images courtesy group A

dutch architecture practice GROUP A has completed ‘BP rotterdam refinery’, a multi-storey office complex in europort, the netherlands. partially inserted into the man-made dunes of the site, the design rises out of the ground with a continuous green roof that merges the building with the surrounding landscape.

within context

located within the transitional zone between the industrial landscape of refineries and the lush green and wetlands of the brielsemmer, the project was approached as an architectural intervention that could highlight and strengthen the potential of the site. the north end of the curving building emerges out of the landscape while the south end becomes clearly visible from the nearby suurhoff bridge and hartel canal. in response to the solar orientation, the arching facade gradually changes from transparent to opaque, preventing overheating for the interior microclimate while maintaining a level of natural daylight. the concave form of the volume also provides an efficient form of access to the office complex.

entrance of employees


curved facade

composed of two wings of office space, the interior is divided by an elongated atrium that seeks to promote open communication as well as a sense of connection between employees. the proportions and dimensions of the space undulate along the cut edge of the dune. meeting rooms are rendered as ‘sky-boxes’, a series of box-shaped volumes that are pushed into the open volume of the atrium. the surface treatment references natural geological layers with timber slats of different size and colours.

interior view of atrium

bridge between wings

meeting space by atrium


view into atrium from meeting room

at night


floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level +1

floor plan / level +2

floor plan / level +3

longitudinal section

cross section

project info:

client: BP rotterdam refinery gross floor area: 10,600 m2 net floor area: 9,370 m2 gross volume: 52,370 m3

project team: folkert van hagen, adam visser, maarten van bremen, edwin larkens, ramon wijsman, paul geurts, roy grob, chris woltjes, brigitte v/d tuin, birgitta rottmann, birte muller, andrea gianotti, anne derksen, sander peter schuur, sara rojo, gador luque, luna solas, paulo moreno structural engineer: IOB, hellevoetsluis M & E consultant: a. de jong group, schiedam acoustics consultant: cauberg huygen rotterdam contractor: cordeel nederland, dordrecht

  • Wow!! Really impressive

    fernando says:
  • yeah. That’s a beauty. A perfect working on oil business environment.

    Richard says:
  • I hope BP doesn’t claim it\’s a sustainable building. Even if it was the most gadget-greenified building – or even an original-green one, it would all be cancelled out due to their business model being based on incessant pillaging of the planet. Who cares if they consider the immediate environment where the refinery is located, what about where the oil comes from and the damaging effect it has on that habitat – and the global aftermath? I\’ll be so happy when an oil company ceases these atrocities completely and focus on truly sustainable energy and fuel generation in collaboration with our planet and its inhabitants.

    Susteve says:
  • How about the Gulf of Mexico’s oil spill?

    Anonymus says:
  • The seats (“Stones”) on the bottom of atrium look funny.

    fg says:

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