Floating Office Rotterdam by Powerhouse Company

Floating Office Rotterdam

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands alongside Ban Ki-moon and Kristalina Georgieva inaugurated the Floating Office Rotterdam (FOR). Designed by Powerhouse Company and developed by RED Company, the FOR is not only one of the most sustainable offices in the world, it is also the largest floating office in the world as well as a pioneer in circular timber workplaces of this scale.

The FOR is home to the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA), ABN AMRO, RED Company, Powerhouse Company and restaurant Putaine. “The building structure is designed in wood and can easily be demounted and re-used. It’s ready for the circular economy” says Nanne de Ru, Founder at Powerhouse Company and RED Company. We designed our floating office to reflect the values of its inhabitants: the Global Center on Adaptation.

This Rotterdam-based NGO chaired by Ban Ki-moon aims at promoting planning, investment, and technology to mitigate climate change. The carbon neutral building is designed to be climate resilient and will float if sea levels rise due to climate change. Our climate-resilient office is both an illustration of the center’s mission and sets an example for how to build sustainable floating structures.

Generating its own energy thanks to 800 square meters of solar panels, the FOR uses the water from the Rijnhaven harbor in a heat-exchange system, while overhanging balconies provide cooling shade. It is an outstanding example of circular design with all the materials used in its construction completely recyclable.

The use of wood as the main construction material reduces the carbon footprint of the building dramatically. The FOR is the launch pad for the larger regeneration of Rotterdam’s Rijnhaven, formerly one of the of city’s busiest working harbors. The revitalizing of now disused former industrial land will pave the way for a vibrant, lively new city center.

In the wake of the departed harbor industry, the Floating Office plays an important role in reactivating the streetscape with bustling activity with its public facilities. In addition to creating a desirable workplace, these features will draw footfall the to the area and breathe new life into the old harbor. Source by Powerhouse Company.

  • Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Architect: Powerhouse Company
  • Project management: DVP
  • Structural engineer: Bartels & Vedder
  • Wood structure engineer: Solid Timber
  • MEP installations & sustainability: DWA
  • Wood structure: Derix Gelamineerde Houtconstructies
  • Building installations: Roodenburg Groep
  • Glass: iFS Building Systems
  • Steel: W. Ten Ham Plaatwerk
  • Contractor: FOR Building VOF (consisting of Bouwbedrijf Valleibouw B.V. and Bouwbedrijf Osnabrugge B.V.)
  • Contractor floating foundations: Hercules FC
  • Financing: ABN Amro
  • Developer: RED Company
  • Client: Global Center on Adaptation, Municipality of Rotterdam
  • Year: 2021
  • Photographs: Sebastian van Damme, Courtesy of Powerhouse Company

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