A smart building for smarter companies

It’s all about cooperation at Matrix VII, the newest addition to Amsterdam Science Park’s conglomerate of shared-office and lab buildings. And that cooperation doesn’t only involve companies and people, but also the building itself: highly sustainable, Matrix VII’s smart technology responds to its occupants.

“It’s really a next-generation building,” says Geert Haksteen, managing director at Matrix Innovation Center. “Its smart-building technology means that the building responds to the number of people that are in it – the actual use of the building – and adjusts the climatisation, the level of light… intelligent things that help to have a lower level of energy consumption.” A grid of sensors is connected to the wireless network and apps on people’s phones. “This building won’t have switches on the wall,” says Haksteen. But just because our buildings are smart, it doesn’t mean that we are, so there will be a standard setting in place in case people leave their phones at home or the network goes down. “The building itself will also produce energy,” adds Haksteen, “because we’ll have 400 square metres of solar panels on the roof. In that respect it’s really a state-of-the-art, intelligent building.” 

It’s a good fit for the kind of companies that will occupy it after its opening, working in IT, tech, new media, life sciences, sustainable chemistry and other science-related fields. One of the highest-profile new tenants is the Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography. The plan is that they won’t work in isolation: the main feature to distinguish Matrix VII’s layout from its predecessors is the inclusion of a co-creation space to facilitate fruitful alliances. “The idea of connecting, of meeting each other is a leading element of Matrix VII,” says Haksteen. It’s also an experiment: “A lot of people have ideas about co-creation, but we have limited experience with it so far.” Matrix VII will be a “kind of a laboratory, just to see what this concept of co-creation can bring us, and if that leads to new concepts in our new buildings.” 

“The move of the European Medicines Agency from London has brought Amsterdam into the spotlight for the life sciences" - Geert Haksteen

Those are already in the pipeline, by the way. According to Haksteen, Matrix VII is almost fully let, and there is plenty of demand for a follow-up, as the science park concept is increasingly popular. The Amsterdam Science Park attracts more and more companies from the fields of sustainability and digital innovation. And the life sciences sector is growing, too: “The move of the European Medicines Agency from London has brought Amsterdam into the spotlight for the life sciences. Several companies, mainly from London, are now looking into moving to Amsterdam.” 

And Amsterdam will be ready. Matrix plans a new building for every two or three years, starting with Matrix VIII, scheduled for 2021 and doubtlessly smarter than anything that’s come before. And with no light switches to be seen.


If you are looking for a new business location for your R&D company, please contact Geert Haksteen by email at directie@remove-this.matrixic.nl or phone him on +31 653 401 699

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