• location: Alkmaar (Show on map)
  • program: 9105 m2 offices, showroom and warehouse
  • client: Schuurman Groep
  • design: 2004 - 2007
  • completed: 2008
  • design team: Bekkering Adams architecten: Juliette Bekkering, Monica Adams, Frank Venhorst, Vincent Hector, Lukas Heiniger, Michel Leunis, Paul Michielsen, Sander van Schaik, Albert-Jan Vermeulen, Manuel Aust, photos by DigiDaan, Christian Richters, Jansje Klazinga


The accommodation for the Schuurman Group is situated on the business area Boekelermeer in Alkmaar, a small town in the north of the Netherlands.  This prime location is seen from the highway A9 and is adjacent to a natural reserve. To profit from the qualities of the location, the building is designed as a freestanding object, whereby each side has its own specific character and appearance. 

The volume has uplifted corners to give room to the special functions of the program. The strong lines of the exterior give the building a distinct expression and allow the landscape to flow through the building. The building has an efficient layout with a warehouse area of 12-meter high and 3 floors of office space. On the top floor a patio-garden across the building brings light deep into the building.  It also provides a visual and physical link between the offices and the warehouse-area. In this way the patio works as an important spatial, as well as organising element, while connecting the warehouse and office space. 

In the building several sustainable measures are incorporated, such as concrete floor slabs as thermal active system, subterranean hot & cold storage, and a low energy lighting and control system, set up as a Philip’s pilot project. 


  • Schuurman Group in Logistic Park & Building, August 2015

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  • Schuurman Headquarters, Atlas of World Architecture, 2012

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  • Schuurman Headquarters, Bekkering Adams Architects, 1000X European Architecture, 2012

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  • Hoofdhuisvesting Schuurman Groep, Alkmaar, in Daylight Award 2010

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  • Stylish Infrastructures, in Urban Environment, nr 40, 2010

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  • Krachtige Ruimten, Visie Bekkering Adams Architecten, in Pi (Project en interieur), April-May 2010

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  • Nieuw hoofdkantoor Schuurman Groep, in [Inst]Allicht, March 2009

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  • Krachtig lijnenspel in bedrijfsgebouw, in Bouwwereld, January 16 2009

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  • Subtiele vraag om aandacht, Hoofdkantoor en distributiecentrum, in De Architect, December 2008

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  • Het geheim van Schuurman, in Stedenbouw, nr 662, June 2008

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We are an internationally operating, dynamic and versatile architectural office, looking and working with an open mind towards our future society. Founded by Monica Adams, we share a fascination for enhancing the urban environment. With an enthusiastic team of architects and designers we work on innovative and sustainable projects with a strong identity, defined by expressive architecture with a tactile expression of material and detail.


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3029 BP Rotterdam, The Netherlands
T: 00 31 10 4258166

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