Powerhouse Company builds a floating office in Rijnhaven in Rotterdam

Powerhouse Company builds a floating office in Rijnhaven in Rotterdam

Dutch structure company central company used cross-laminated timber to assemble an off-grid workplace constructing that float on water.

Floating Workplace Rotterdam homes the headquarters of the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA), a corporation exploring options for local weather change, in addition to central companyhis personal studio.

Floating Workplace Rotterdam is a floating three-storey constructing in Rotterdam’s Rijnhaven. Photograph and major picture by Marcel IJzerman

The three-storey constructing is constructed on a set of 15 “concrete barges” that permit it to drift on Rotterdam’s Rijnhaven, a former industrial port on the Meuse.

A timber body, together with cross-laminated timber (CLT) flooring slabs, contributes to the constructing’s low carbon footprint and in addition ensures that it’s gentle sufficient to drift.

Night view of Rotterdam Floating Office by Powerhouse Company
The constructing is constructed on a pontoon of 15 “concrete barges”. The picture is by Sebastian van Damme

Photo voltaic panels on the roof present the constructing with its personal supply of electrical energy, whereas water from the encircling harbor is harnessed for a passive heating and cooling system.

“Designing a floating and sustainable workplace constructing was a really difficult task and we approached it in an built-in means,” stated Powerhouse Firm founder Nanne de Ru.

“Through the use of the water from the Rijnhaven to chill the constructing and by utilizing the workplace roof as a big power supply, the constructing is actually self-sufficient,” he stated.

Rotterdam Floating Office Terrace by Powerhouse Company
The constructing is constructed of wooden to scale back its weight and carbon footprint. The picture is by Marcel IJzerman

The constructing, stated to be the most important of its form on the earth, was formally opened on the finish of 2021 by the King of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander, and the previous Secretary Common of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon.

The undertaking is shortlisted for the Dezeen Awards 2022 within the sustainable constructing class.

Staircase in Rotterdam Floating Office by Powerhouse Company
Powerhouse Firm moved its personal workplace into the constructing. The picture is by Sebastian van Damme

Powerhouse Firm supposed the constructing to be as environmentally pleasant as attainable, to mirror GCA’s local weather adaptive values.

With De Ru’s personal actual property firm, RED Companybecause the developer of the undertaking, the design staff was capable of discover quite a lot of progressive approaches to minimizing the carbon footprint.

Office interior at Floating Office Rotterdam by Powerhouse Company
The architects occupy the bottom flooring and the primary flooring, subsequent to the Putaine restaurant. The picture is by Mark Seelen

The wood construction is manufactured from prefabricated frames that have been merely screwed collectively on web site, that means they might be dismantled and recycled sooner or later.

“The construction of the constructing is designed in wooden and may simply be disassembled and reused. It’s prepared for the round economic system,” stated architect and undertaking supervisor, Paul Sanders.

Balconies of Rotterdam Floating Office by Powerhouse Company
A swimming pool is a part of the constructing. The picture is by Mark Seelen

The concrete barges, that are held collectively by stress cables, do greater than preserve the constructing afloat – they include a system of pipes that capabilities as a warmth exchanger, utilizing the temperature of the harbor water to chill the vessel. inside in the summertime and heat it up in the summertime. Winter.

Overhanging flooring slabs create balconies that assist present solar safety for big home windows.

“Our engineered and sustainable techniques are so properly built-in into our design that they appear completely concrete,” stated Albert Takashi Richters, Affiliate Architect at Powerhouse Firm.

Because the GCA solely wanted 1,000 sq. meters for its headquarters, it made sense to create a mixed-use constructing.

In addition to the places of work of the Powerhouse Firm, the floating workplace constructing additionally homes the restaurant Putaine, a spin-off of the well-known Rotterdam restaurant Heroine.

The structure additionally frames a swimming pool within the waters of the Meuse.

Spiral staircase in Floating Office Rotterdam by Powerhouse Company
A spiral staircase connects two flooring. The picture is by Sebastian van Damme

Floating Workplace Rotterdam is a part of a sequence of current designs for floating structure, with others together with a floating sauna in Oslo and a floating house in Seattle by the American company Olson Kundig.

Powerhouse Firm sees the undertaking for example of how structure can adapt to rising sea ranges brought on by local weather change.

The {photograph} is from Marcel IJzerman, Marc Seelen and Sebastien Van Damme.


Challenge credit

Architect: central firm
Developer: RED Firm
Buyer: World Middle on Adaptation, Municipality of Rotterdam
Funding: ABN Amro
Challenge administration: DVP
Service supplier: FOR VOF constructing (Bouwbedrijf Valleibouw and Bouwbedrijf Osnabrugge)
Floating basis contractor: Hercule FC
Structural engineer: Bartels & Vedder
Timber construction engineer: Strong wooden
MEP installations & sustainability: DWA
Wooden body : Derix Gelamineer from Houtconstructions
Constructing services: Roodenburg Group
Glass: iFS Constructing Techniques
Metal: W Ten Ham Plaatwerk

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