Port House, #Antwerp shortlisted for #London @DesignMuseum’s Beazley 2017 #DesignsoftheYear.
The new Port House repurposes, renovates and extends a derelict fire station into a new headquarters for Europe’s second busiest shipping port.
An abandoned fire station on the site relied on a change of use to ensure its preservation. This disused fire station has been integrated into the new Port House headquarters.
Working with heritage consultants @Origin_EU, ZHA’s historic analysis of the fire station revealed its unrealised tower. Port House is a composition of a new volume that ‘floats’ above the old building, respecting the existing facades and completing the verticality of the original design’s unrealised tower. The new extension points towards the city, connecting Antwerp with the port and river on which it was founded.
Surrounded by water, the triangular facets of the new extension ripple like waves and reinterpret Antwerp’s moniker as the city of diamonds.
With constant references to the Scheldt River, the city of Antwerp and the dynamics of its port, married with the successful renovation and integration of the abandoned fire station, the new headquarters will serve the port well through its planned expansion over future generations.
All nominated #DesignsoftheYear will be exhibited at the Design Museum, London from 18 Oct – with winners announced in Jan 2018. Now in its 10th year, the award has previously honoured designs such as David Bowie’s Black Star album by Jonathan Barnbrook the Heydar Aliyev Centre by ZHA.
Built on the site of a Soviet munitions factory in Baku, the Heydar Aliyev Centre was described by the 2014 jury as ‘a masterwork of invention and execution'. The centre has hosted exhibitions by artists including Andy Warhol, Tony Cragg & Bernard Buffet, and performances by Alessandro Safina, Deedee Bridgewater and Itzhak Perlman. In October 2016, the centre hosted Pope Francis addressing multi-faith religious leaders and residents of the city.
Great photo by @boriannphoto / www.boriann.be
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