The Haarlem Energy Hub, Intercel Energie's new headquarters, is being built at the intersection of Oudeweg and Mincklersweg in Haarlem. At the important eastern city entrance we will make the process behind the electrification of the Netherlands visible.  Intercel researches, develops and builds alternatives to everyday diesel appliances and thereby plays a major role in the electrification of the Netherlands.

The Haarlem Waarderpolder has traditionally been a functionally designed industrial area, and its closed architecture made it an anonymous city entrance. In recent years, the municipality and entrepreneurs have focused on making the area more open and accessible. The (manufacturing) industry and entrepreneurship become more visible and forms a connection with the city. This new context echoes in the design for the Haarlem Energy Hub, large facade openings make the knowledge and skills of the energy pioneers visible to the city.

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Within Haarlem Energy Hub, a clear division has been made between the building section on the city entrance side and the logistics back side. On the Oudeweg side, research & development, assembly and the offices are visible behind the dashing bamboo façade. The horizontal articulation of the canopies of the adjacent EBH building is echoed in the design. Where the façade opens up more, the overhangs become larger, allowing enough daylight to carry out precision work, while keeping out the heat of the sun. In contrast to the flowing bamboo façade of the front building section, the rear building section is constructed from detachable industrial parts. Given the rapidly changing industry in which Intercel operates, the logistics building section needs to be adaptive.


As a pioneer in energy transition, Intercel knows from its own experience how changing issues and technologies can affect operations and housing. High floors, freely divisible floor areas and easily detachable building parts make it an adaptive building. The sloping canopies bring the light in and the heat out in summer, reducing the need for electricity for lighting and cooling. In winter months, when the sun hangs lower, heat is brought in and less energy is needed for heating. PV panels are installed on the rear roof to generate electricity.

Measures will be taken around and on the building to give local flora and fauna more space in this industrial area. Nesting boxes for birds, insects and bats, the "brown roof" at the front and vegetation around the wadi combine to form a new ecological link in the industrial area.


Joeri van Ommeren, Tsveta Ruseva, Bob Spitz, Valeriia Pozharska, Janneke Visser, Sebastiaan de Boer
F5 Projectengroep B.V.
Intercel Energie B.V.
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