“The world’s largest floating office” designed for climate change resilience
Described by creator Powerhouse Company as the world’s largest floating office, Rotterdam’s recently completed floating office is designed to adapt to the tides of climate change, will meet all of its electricity needs from a solar panel and be able to be easily recycled once it reaches the end of its useful life.
FOR was recently inaugurated by King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands alongside former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva. It serves as the headquarters of the Global Center on Adaptation, which Ki-moon chairs, and also houses the ABN Amro bank, the RED company, the designer Powerhouse Company itself. And there is also a restaurant on board.
The project is located in the port of Rijnhaven in Rotterdam and is part of a larger redevelopment effort in the region which also includes the Mecanoo maritime center in Rotterdam.
FOR is 3,606m² (approximately 38,800 square feet) and consists of a large terrace, as well as three floors, with the upper floors having overhanging balconies to shade the interior (alas, no interior photos are available. ‘is still available). It is also topped with a green roof. Structurally, it is made from precast lumber and sits on 15 custom concrete pontoons that are anchored together to create a solid floating base.
All the energy required for the building comes from an 800 m² (8,611 sq. Ft.) Array of solar panels – which is no small feat in a place as northern as Rotterdam – which is connected to batteries. It also uses water from the port as a heat sink to provide efficient heating and cooling, as was the case with BIG’s Urban Rigger. It will remain in place for up to a decade, after which it can accommodate another tenant or be moved to another location, as needed.
“We designed our floating office to reflect the values of its people: the Global Center on Adaptation,” explains Powerhouse Company. “This Rotterdam-based NGO chaired by Ban Ki-moon aims to promote planning, investment and technology to mitigate climate change. The carbon neutral building is designed to be climate resistant and will float if sea level rises due to climate change. Our Climate Resilient Office is both an illustration of the centre’s mission and an example of how to build sustainable floating structures. “
Source: Central company