Zaha Hadid Architects’ design of the Antwerp Port Authority’s head office puts the Port of Antwerp on the architectural world map. The Port House symbolizes the dynamic and innovative nature of the Port of Antwerp . The building is the workplace of 500 employees and a meeting place for the many international contacts of the Antwerp port community.
The city’s 12 km of docks handle an impressive 26 per cent of Europe’s container shipping, making Antwerp’s an extremely busy and growing port facility. In 2007, the Port of Antwerp decided to commission a purpose designed building for its technical and administrative offices, which used to be housed in several different locations.
Mimicking the nearby River Schelde’s waters and the windy city’s ever-changing skies, the 6,200 sq m new structure is partly transparent and partly opaque. Its triangular façade panels take their cue from the city’s reputation as an international hub for the diamond trade, also reflecting surrounding views.
Inside, the structure offers panoramic vistas of the Schelde, the city and the Port. An enclosed central courtyard leads to the building’s main reception area, a public reading room and a library. The office floors unfold above, including a restaurant, meeting rooms and an auditorium.
Combining sustainability with eye-catching design, Port House has achieved a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM environmental rating.
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