The new Port House in Antwerp repurposes, remodels and broadens a neglected fire station into another base camp for the port – uniting the port’s 500 staff that recently worked in discrete structures around the city.
Antwerp handles 26% of Europe’s holder shipping, moving in excess of 200 million tons of merchandise through the maritime vessels that call at the port and giving direct work to more than 60,000 individuals, including in excess of 8,000 port specialists. In a roundabout way, the Port of Antwerp guarantees around 150,000 employments and has eager focuses for future extension to meet the mainland’s development and advancement throughout the following century.
In 2007, when the previous 1990s workplaces of the Port of Antwerp had gotten excessively little, the port discovered that migration would empower its specialized and regulatory administrations to be housed together, giving new convenience to around 500 staff. The port required an economical and future-evidence working environment for its representatives, speaking to its ethos and qualities in an ever-growing nearby and universal field.
As the edge between the city and its huge port, Mexico Island in Antwerp’s Kattendijk dock on Quay 63 was chosen as the site for the new administrative center. The waterside site likewise offered critical economical development benefits, permitting materials and building parts to be moved by water, a significant prerequisite to meet the port’s biological targets.
Following the development of another fire station with offices expected to support the extending port, the old fire station on the Mexico Island site – a recorded copy of a Hanseatic habitation – got repetitive and depended on a difference in use to guarantee its safeguarding. This neglected fire station must be incorporated into the new venture. The Flemish branch of design, together with the City and Port specialists composed the building rivalry for the new base camp.
Zaha Hadid Architects’ structure is educated by itemized recorded research and an intensive investigation of both the site and the current structure.
Marc Van Peel, leader of the Port of Antwerp, stated: “There was just one principle set down in the structural challenge, in particular that the first structure must be safeguarded. There were no different necessities forced for the situating of the new structure. The jury was thusly enjoyably shocked when the five shortlisted applicants all decided on a cutting edge structure over the first structure. They all consolidated the new with the old, yet the plan by Zaha Hadid Architects was the most splendid.”
Working with Origin, driving legacy specialists in the reclamation and redesign of memorable landmarks, ZHA’s investigations of the site’s history and legacy are the establishments of the plan which right off the bat stresses the north-south site pivot corresponding with the Kattendijkdok connecting the downtown area to the port. Also, because of its area encompassed by water, the structure’s four rises are considered of equivalent significance with no essential exterior. ZHA’s structure is a raised expansion, instead of a neighboring volume which would have hidden in any event one of the current exteriors. ZHA and Origin’s notable investigation of the old fire station additionally featured the job of its initially expected pinnacle – a great, forcing part of the fire station’s Hanseatic structure. Its striking vertical explanation, expected to crown the monumental volume of the structure beneath, was rarely figured it out.