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Zaha Hadid Architects put crown new Port House on roof old headquarters Antwerp

Tinuku ~ Zaha Hadid Architects renovate derelict fire station in port Antwerp. A sparkling symbol on roof of Antwerp became the new extension reflects shimmering water as Port House.

First introduced in 2009, the most ambitious design scheme proposed by late Zaha Hadid. A renovated former fire station into headquarters of new port which reached high credit coastal environment.

Volume of more than 100 meters length matches scale below which allows building to host 500 Port Authority staff who previously worked at separate site in Belgian town. One end hanging by foot concrete structure containing tapered observation point.

Zaha Hadid Architects put crown new Port House on roof old headquarters Antwerp

Zaha Hadid Architects put crown new Port House on roof old headquarters Antwerp

Extensions included in this aspect transparent and opaque triangles arranged to create flat surface at south end and texture echoes rippling water in north. Old heritage elevated and none original facade hidden.

Combination transparent and opaque means architects able to control amount sunlight entering building. Substitution transparent and opaque panels break new extension volume, giving views Scheldt, city and harbor.

Zaha Hadid Architects put crown new Port House on roof old headquarters Antwerp

Zaha Hadid Architects put crown new Port House on roof old headquarters Antwerp

Zaha Hadid Architects put crown new Port House on roof old headquarters Antwerp

Appearance buildings reinterpret Antwerp reputation with carefully shape changing appearance of day. The central courtyard covered with glass and formed large circulation tower.

Entire building total 12,800 square meters floorplan, restaurant, meeting rooms and auditorium 90 seats set on top floor and another floor into open office. Trip also includes 190 parking places for bicycles and 25 parking spaces for electric cars.

The winner design competition combines futuristic architectural design which is famous for historical preservation with modern structures. The addition modern accents reflect changes in water color and mimic shape sky ship bow pointing towards Scheldt.

New port house Antwerp was created to meet the needs of second largest shipping port in Europe which transports more than 200 million tons goods via ship and provide direct employment more than 60,000 people.

Zaha Hadid Architects put crown new Port House on roof old headquarters Antwerp

Zaha Hadid Architects put crown new Port House on roof old headquarters Antwerp

City and Port Authority chose historic former fire station, Zaha Hadid Architects won competition to design new urban architecture of proposal combines modern design with detailed historical research and analysis. Designers fine tune new volume on top like crown to preserve four-trap building.

"The three main principles determining composition old and new design is new volume that floats on top old building, respecting old facade and finish each tower verticality unrealized original design," says the architect.

Zaha Hadid Architects put crown new Port House on roof old headquarters Antwerp

Zaha Hadid Architects put crown new Port House on roof old headquarters Antwerp

Zaha Hadid Architects put crown new Port House on roof old headquarters Antwerp

"With constant references to Scheldt and dynamics port city Antwerp, the successful renovation and reuse fire station is integrated as complete section of central office. The port house serves planned over next generation," said architect.

New extensions wrapped triangular glass panels reflect different parts sky and water in vicinity for glittering effect. Some aspects transparent triangles allow sunlight to enter building. The appearance facade glittering symbol Antwerp as city diamond.

Glass also used for new roof old fire station, building renovation and extension prioritize energy efficiency including energy hole systems, automation and fittings waterless toilet that helps environmentally friendly projects.
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