The control tower. Norman Foster’s World Port Center in Rotterdam.
Rotterdam port is the world’s largest port; it is over forty kilometres long and has an annual goods traffic of over 300 million tonnes. The Port Authority commissioned Foster + Partners to design the nerve centre of the port, the World Port Center.
All incoming and outgoing sea traffic is monitored from the 27 storeys of this compact functional tower. 14,000 square metres of double-glazed walls and solid panels from the P500 series were used to partition the interior of the building which also houses the Fire Brigade headquarters.
New Dutch architecture.
Situated near the Erasmus Bridge and Renzo Piano’s KPN Telecom tower, the World Port Center is one of the many buildings that have consolidated the reputation of Rotterdam and the Netherlands as one of the cutting-edge areas in contemporary architecture.
A functional space.
The building has a semicircular layout with offices in the perimeter area, an internal corridor and a central core housing services and vertical communications. The P500 walls enclose work environments as well as defining circulation spaces and small breakout spaces located along floor perimeters.
The double-glazed P500 walls were used to create small informal meeting spaces - max. three or four people – along the inner corridor. The silkscreened glass ensures visual privacy while the use of double-glazed glass guarantees noise reduction.