Jean Nouvel

European Patent Office (EPO) . Rijswijk

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Ateliers Jean Nouvel

The European Patent Office (EPO) has inaugurated the new main building on its site in Rijswijk, near The Hague, designed by architects Ateliers Jean Nouvel (Paris) and Dam & Partners Architecten (Amsterdam).


Financed entirely from the EPO’s own resources and built in four years, the new building represents the organisation’s largest single investment in the Netherlands in its 40-year history. It is the hallmark of the EPO’s Dutch site which currently employs almost 3 000 members of staff, making it the largest international organisation domiciled in the Netherlands.

Measuring 107 metres in height, 156 metres in length, and 24.7metres in width, the new building replaces the current tower that was opened in 1973 and hosted the offices of most of the EPO’s staff in Rijswijk, and the EPO’s forerunner organisation, the International Patent Institute (Institut International des Brevets – IIB).

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