European Patent Office’s new premises in The Hague receives international award as “Best Tall Office Building”
The new premises of the European Patent Office (EPO) in The Hague have been named "Best Tall Office Building" by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), an internationally recognised arbiter on tall buildings. Edda Franz, EPO Principal Director General Administration, and Diederik Dam, Dam & Partners Architecten, accepted the award at a conference in Shenzhen, China, on Wednesday, 10 April 2019.
EPO President António Campinos underlined the significance of the building. "We are delighted to receive this recognition and I extend my sincerest gratitude to architects Jean Nouvel and Diederik Dam who turned our shared vision into a reality. Our office in Rijswijk is now not only a state-of-the-art workplace for staff, but also an internationally recognised symbol of the EPO's commitment to innovation."
Speaking on behalf of Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Dam & Partners Architecten who created the building, Diederik Dam added "For us, our Dutch-French architectural cooperation began with friendship. And it continued in that spirit of mutual respect and the sheer joy of designing together. The design of the new premises for the EPO was forged from a truly international cooperation. And it is fitting that the equally international community of the EPO's staff in The Hague now have a new home".
Construction began in 2014 and four years later, the building was inaugurated in the presence of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. Staff moved into their offices in September and October of 2018, bringing together examiners, lawyers and support teams on one site and in doing so, fostering greater synergies among EPO departments.
The Hague construction project was entirely self-financed and is the Office's largest single investment in its history in the Netherlands. Some 2 000 staff work in the building where advanced technical infrastructure helps patent examiners implement the European patent grant process. Among those to benefit are the inventors and their legal representatives attending oral proceedings related to the examination of their patent applications. Up to 3 000 such proceedings are held by the EPO every year.