Connecting two worlds

The building

An efficient, dynamic and flexible building

Elements consists of six large floors of 2,000 m2 in size, creating a total of 12,000 m2 of rentable space. Below the office and lab floors is a parking area with capacity for 170 cars, as well as two levels of bicycle parking. An outside garden allows people to meet and to welcome visitors. From here, there is easy access to the floors above. OZ is responsible for the architecture design.

Visual and direct connections exist between the floors, making it possible to customise spaces and connections during the design and construction process, while the spaces in the building offer additional flexibility. A ceiling height of 3 metres allows ample room for ducts in lab spaces, as well generous windows of up to 3 m in the office spaces. The expansive, 16-metre-wide floors add to this flexibility, supporting a host of open and closed spaces, meetings points, labs and offices. These large floors stimulate modern ways of working in different types of spaces, facilitating proximity, ease of connection and communication.

Total sqm
rentable space
sqm per floor
six large floors
car parking spaces
along with two levels of bicycle parking
meter wide floors
full of endless possibilities

ELEMENTS efficient, dynamic, flexible

Promoting the well-being of users

The architecture

Connecting two worlds

Elements consists of six large floors, with a total of 12,000 m2 rentable space. The parking area forms a platform at the same level as the highway, and a central area has been created by forming a double-height space. From the outside garden, two cores offer access to the floors above. Visually, the high space at the centre of the building connects two worlds – the highway and the new Leiden Bio Science Park area.

The striking façade produces a balanced system that increases daylight in some spaces while reducing it in lab spaces, where constant room temperatures are required. It is a clever combination of open parts embellished with glass, balconies. Balconies on each floor blend green elements with outdoor spaces.

Well standard

Promoting the well-being of users
WELL is a new measure which uses human comfort and health as its central focus. It comprises seven sections (Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind). Credits are awarded in each category and in that sense, this standard is comparable to BREEAM. Over 100 criteria are measured to gauge how well a building’s design is geared towards achieving a human-friendly living environment. We see WELL as a good complement to BREEAM, as it adds softer (yet equally important) values like movement, care and relaxation, to more measurable ones like daylight or ventilation.
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WELL establishes requirements in buildings that promote clean air and reduce or minimise the sources of indoor air pollution.
WELL promotes safe and clean water through the implementation of proper filtration techniques and regular testing in order for building occupants to receive optimal quality of water for various uses.
WELL embraces the creative thinking that is needed to address the complex ways in which interior spaces contribute to health and wellness.
WELL optimises cognitive and emotional health through design, technology and treatment strategies.
WELL promotes the integration of physical activity into everyday life by providing the opportunities and support for an active lifestyle and discouraging sedentary behaviors.
WELL requires the availability of fresh, wholesome foods, limits unhealthy ingredients and encourages better eating habits and food culture.
WELL provides guidelines that minimise disruption to the body’s circadian system, enhance productivity, support good sleep quality and provide appropriate visual acuity.
WELL establishes requirements designed to create distraction-free, productive and comfortable indoor environments.


BREEAM ensures truly future-proof buildings by making sustainability measureable and comparable. BREEAM is comprised of several chapters such as energy, water, transport, land-use or ecology. A project achieves levels from Good to Outstanding in accordance with the amount of credits it scores. BREEAM is also an internationally recognized sustainability label.