Porthouse

Antwerp / Belgium / 2016

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The world-famous Zaha Hadid Architects have relied on the product portfolio of PALMBERG for
the interior design of the working areas in the new Port House of Antwerp. The architects
planned functional, dynamic workspaces that were to be configured differently for every work
situation. These requirements were met by using special sit/stand solutions of the CREW desk
programme as well as acoustic elements of the partition wall system TERIO PLUS.


In Antwerp, the largest ships in the world almost sail into the city centre. But it is not only the
geographical location that makes the Port of Antwerp so unique. With the Port House, the new
headquarters of the Antwerp Port Authority, the second largest European port now owns a new
architectural jewel. The impressive building design by Zaha Hadid combines past and future.
Once used as a fire brigade barracks, the lower part of the building is forming, together with a
striking and modern annex in the shape of a sparkling diamond, the building extension of the
historical Port House.


High standards were demanded not only on the building construction, but also on the quality of
the office living space. The new administration building pursues the goal of pooling
competences, optimising internal structures and meeting the requirements of high customer
orientation. Also the interior design had to take these basic values into account by supporting
cross-linked teamwork and improved communication channels, creating short paths while
providing an attractive working environment for the staff.


The goals were defined from the very start. The architects wanted functional, dynamic working
areas that, differently configured, were to be suitable for every work situation. To meet the high
demands on the new office rooms, a comprehensive planning process was necessary from the
beginning. The starting point was a detailed employee survey and needs analysis, the results of
which were incorporated into both the spatial concept and the workplace design.

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    The world-famous Zaha Hadid Architects have relied on the product portfolio of PALMBERG forthe interior design of the working areas in the new Port House of Antwerp. The architectsplanned functional, dynamic workspaces that were to be configured differently for every worksituation. These requirements were met by using special sit/stand solutions of the CREW deskprogramme as well as acoustic elements of the partition wall system TERIO PLUS.In Antwerp, the largest ships in the world almost sail...

    Project details
    • Year 2016
    • Work finished in 2016
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Government and institutional buildings / Port Areas
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