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The Outlook


The Outlook 

Microsoft wanted to move to a more central location at Schiphol airport, which would additionally be suitable for introducing the New World of Work. Meanwhile, Schiphol Real Estate saw opportunities in a large complex for multi-tenant use. The parties came together in the development of The Outlook at Schiphol-Centre, directly opposite the head office of the Schiphol Group.

  • client(s)
  • Schiphol real estate
  • location
  • schiphol
  • user(s)
  • Microsoft
  • expertise
  • architects
xander richters

High, light and open  

The more than 64,000 m2 complex has an open, light and pavilion-like atmosphere, a substantial clear height per storey and extra-wide office bays. The principal structure consists of a series of alternately linked longer and shorter bays.

Parking is organized within two underground layers and the plinth of the building. The upper storeys can be arranged entirely freely and are connected to each other by large voids and imposing staircases. Thanks to this flexible set-up, Schiphol Real Estate can easily respond to the individual space requirements of tenants. In addition to Microsoft, these include the Inland Revenue and a multinational in the food industry.

Léon van Woerkom | cepezed

Fast & efficient construction  

Partly to achieve quick realization, all the technically complicated elements such as stairs and lifts and standpipes are concentrated in an elongated central zone. Specially designed façade elements more than 16 metres long also contributed to a dynamic implementation.

Léon van Woerkom | cepezed
léon van woerkom | cepezed

Benefits of The New World of Work  

After moving into The Outlook, Microsoft had a high ranking as Great Place to Work for years in a row. This organization conducts an annual survey of trust, pride and enjoyment in the workplace.

The new Microsoft office represents an international example of The New World of Work. In addition to a better work-life balance, The New World of Work has resulted in a CO2 reduction of more than 30%. Fewer metres per employee are needed and, thanks to web and video conferencing facilities, the number of flights booked has dropped by almost 40%.

léon van woerkom | cepezed


  • client: schiphol real estate
  • stability: rhdhv
  • building services: rhdhv
  • building physics & sustainability: peutz
  • main contractor: bouwcombinatie j.p. van eesteren-voormolen bouw
  • contractor steel construction: smulders-duscon
  • façades: scheldebouw
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