Van Leer Office Building

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Van Leer Office Building

Van Leer Office Building: Perspective Rendering

Drawings   142  browse all »

Extension - Partial SK Drawing Set (annotated prints)
Shop Drawings for Window Vents and Gears (annotated prints)
Shop Drawings for Steel

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Van Leer Office Building
Interior and Exterior Photographs
Construction Site Progress Photographs

In 1957, Breuer designed the headquarters of the oil drum manufacturer Van Leer Vatenfabrieken in Amstelveen outside Amsterdam. The project consisted of a two–storey double y-shaped office building and a low canteen reached by a long corridor. The steel-frame office building featured glass curtain walls with projecting sunshades and travertine clad end walls. A folded concrete roof similar to that covering the canteen covered the connector between the wings of the office building. Ramps allowed vehicles to approach the off-center canopied concrete entrance stair. A suspended bridge connected the wings of the office building whose shape dated back to the 1937 model for the Garden City of the Future. As with the Secretariat building for UNESCO, the Van Leer Office Building lacked air conditioning and the sunshades failed to control the build-up of heat within the offices.