In 2015, Bloomberg described The Edge, Deloitte’s flagship headquarters in Amsterdam, as the “smartest office space ever constructed”. “It knows where you live. It knows what car you drive. It knows who you’re meeting with today and how much sugar you take in your coffee,” wrote journalist Tom Randall. From that moment, The Edge has been celebrated as one of the most sophisticated workplaces in the world and used often as the go-to example when experts want to demonstrate technology’s potential.
For real estate developer EDGE Technologies, however, The Edge simply represents the first generation of what’s possible. The company responsible for building this global icon uses the data from its sophisticated smart platform to inform every new EDGE project in a process of continuous learning and development.
In 2019, the company opened EDGE Olympic, a new 119,000-sq-ft building in Amsterdam’s central business district. This second-generation space comprises EDGE’s new headquarters, the offices of three other long-term tenants, co-working studios and desk space, a central atrium, a cafeteria, and terraces on the rooftop and ground floor.
The 20-year-old company recently changed its name from OVG Real Estate to EDGE Technologies to better capture what it does and who it wants to be. Part of the necessary change for EDGE was to transform itself from a building provider to product provider, leveraging its smart platform.
That product is built on four pillars: wellbeing, sustainability, design and technology. Sandra Gritti, product excellence director at EDGE, however, makes it clear that the smart platform is the tool rather than the solution. “We are focusing on the health and wellbeing of tenants,” she explains.
As part of that mission, the company employed Leesman to carry out employee experience surveys of its spaces in the spring of 2019. Leesman was able to conduct pre- and post-occupancy surveys with EDGE staff, while all other occupants completed a post-occupancy survey. The results were emphatic. EDGE’s HQ scored an LMI of 81.7, earning it a Leesman+ certificate. Respondents agreed almost unanimously that the building is a place that they are proud to bring visitors to (97.8%) as well as an enjoyable environment to work in (96.7%). This achievement adds to the project’s WELL V2 Platinum certification, which scores workplaces on areas including water, nourishment, light, movement, thermal comfort, sound, materials, mind and community.