The design for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization headquarters evokes fingers interlaced in a symbolic clasp of unity — an apt symbol given NATO’s changing mission from opposition and prevention to unification and integration. The building provides each member-nation with embassy-level security and privacy while also offering communal spaces where delegates can convene. Flexible office layouts and shared amenities yield an office urbanism that brings together 28 member countries and 19 partner nations.
The 41-hectare campus includes a highly secure data center and 245,000 square meters of office, conference, and recreational space. The structure and organization were designed in direct response to considerations of the community. Sustainable design is employed throughout, with a number of innovative solutions such as photovoltaic cells, green roofs, chilled slabs, and natural ventilation