Redevelops iconic Aurora building by KAAN Architecten


The characteristic Aurora building on the corner of Stadhouderskade and Overtoom is heading for a sustainable future. Owner UBS Asset Management has asked Being to act as developer for the large-scale renovation of the office building. In collaboration with KAAN Architecten, IMd Consulting Engineers, DGMR and Skaal, Being has designed a plan to develop the striking corner building into an extremely modern office location with international allure.

The Aurora Building forms a prominent landmark at the intersection between Centrum, Zuid and West and is one of the first modernist anchor points of the city of Amsterdam. In the 1960s it was designed by the well-known Dutch architect Piet Zanstra for the life insurance company Aurora. It is characterized by an elegant curve in the facade, which runs almost parallel to the curvature of the street corner. The remarkable building consists of a commercial ground floor with spacious office floors of almost 1,000 m2 above.

The renewed Aurora will be a combination of character retention and innovation. The ambition is to modernize the building and make it more sustainable and greener with respect for the history and unique characteristics of the building. By adding a new roof structure, green roof terraces and a vertical conservatory to the existing structure, various outdoor spaces and meeting places are created that strengthen the connection within the building and to the surrounding area. The aim is to obtain an A++ energy label and BREEAM and WELL certification for the building.

All sustainability measures contribute to a comfortable and healthy living environment. The focus lies on social cohesion, less noise, less heat stress and air pollution and a pleasant living environment. Aurora will be a new home for national and international top companies. Due to its good accessibility and its location in relation to the center of Amsterdam, it is the ideal location for high-end (inter)national office tenants. It is expected that the first work will start at the end of 2023. Source by KAAN Architects.

  • Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Architect: KAAN Architects
  • Developer: Being
  • Owner: UBS Asset Management
  • Constructive advice: IMd Consulting Engineers
  • Installation and sustainability advice: DGMR
  • Building economics advice: SkaaL
  • Year: 2022
  • Images: Courtesy of KAAN Architects