Brief 

Floating Office Rotterdam, the world’s largest floating office, is designed to rise with the tides of climate change, will get all of its electricity needs from a solar array, and can be easily recycled once it reaches the end of its useful life. Read more.

 

Insight

Described by creator Powerhouse Company as the world’s largest floating office, the recently completed Floating Office Rotterdam is designed to rise with the tides of climate change, will get all of its electricity needs from a solar array, and can 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 headquarters for the Global Center on Adaptation, which Ki-moon chairs, and also hosts the ABN Amro bank, RED Company, designer Powerhouse Company itself. And there’s a restaurant onboard too.

The project is located in Rotterdam’s Rijnhaven harbor and is part of a larger redevelopment effort in the area which also includes Mecanoo’s Maritime Center Rotterdam.FOR measures 3,606 sq m (roughly 38,800 sq ft) and consists of a large terrace area, as well as three floors, with the upper floors featuring overhanging balconies to shade the interior (alas there are no interior photos available yet).

It’s also topped by a green roof. Structurally, it’s made from prefabricated timber and rests on top of 15 custom-made concrete pontoons which are anchored together to create a solid floating base.

 

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