Dutch architects Powerhouse Company has designed a floating office in Rotterdam for the Global Center on Adaptation that will be carbon neutral and function off-grid.

The Floating Office Rotterdam (FOR) is set to be moored at the Rijnhaven port on the Maas River, as an example of what Powerhouse Company called “climate-resilient office design”.

If sea levels rise due to climate change the office will float rather than flood.

Once complete, the timber structure will have solar panels and a water-based heat-exchange system installed to ensure it is self-sufficient and carbon neutral in operation.

荷蘭建築師Powerhouse Company已在鹿特丹為全球適應中心設計了一個浮動辦公室,該辦公室將實現碳中和且離網。

鹿特丹浮動辦公室(FOR)計劃停泊在馬斯河(Maas River)的Rijnhaven港口,作為Powerhouse Company所謂的“氣候適應型辦公室設計”的一個例子。



“Designing a sustainable, floating office building was a very challenging commission and we approached it in an integrated way,” said Nanne de Ru, founder of Powerhouse Company.

“By using the water of the Rijnhaven to cool the building, and by using the roof of the office as a large energy source, the building is truly autarkic,” Ru said. Autarky is to be self-sufficient.

Powerhouse Company designed FOR to reflect the values of the Global Center on Adaptation – a Rotterdam NGO that focuses on the mitigation of climate change through technology, planning and investment.

Powerhouse Company創始人Nanne de Ru說:“設計可持續的浮動辦公樓是一項非常具有挑戰性的任務,我們以一種綜合的方式來對待它。”

他說:“通過使用Rijnhaven的水為建築物降溫,並通過將辦公室的屋頂用作大型能源,該建築物確實是自給自足的。” Autarky要自給自足。

Powerhouse Company設計FOR來反映全球適應中心的價值-鹿特丹NGO致力於通過技術,規劃和投資來緩解氣候變化。

The building will host the organisation for a period of five to 10 years, before it is either made available to rent or relocated.


FOR will be built offsite from timber – chosen for its minimal carbon footprint – before being towed into position in autumn 2020. It will comprise three-storeys of office space accessed by a boardwalk.

Externally, the offices will be distinguished by a large overhanging pitched roof that will be lined with solar panels on one side. Vegetation on the other side will help keep the building cool.

Recessed balconies around each floor and a pitched roof will shade the office’s large windows.


在外部,辦公室將以一個大的懸垂斜屋頂為特色,該斜屋頂的一側將襯有太陽能電池板。 另一側的植被將有助於保持建築物涼爽。


FOR will also have publicly-accessible restaurant with a large outdoor terrace and swimming pool positioned in line with the river.

“As the world’s climate changes, extreme weather events and rising sea levels present new challenges for architects,” said CEO of the Global Center on Adaptation Patrick Verkooijen.

“Embedding resilient features into a design before disaster strikes not only makes economic sense but it can also help us to mitigate against climate change,” he continued.

“I hope it will inspire others to future-proof their infrastructure.”

Powerhouse Company is an architecture studio founded in Rotterdam in 2005. Today it also has studios in Beijing, Oslo and Munich.

Other recent projects by the studio include a transparent student centre for Erasmus University in Rotterdam, and proposals for “the slimmest residential tower of Europe” and the conversion of a brutalist bunker into high-rise housing.


全球適應中心總裁Patrick Verkooijen表示:“隨著世界氣候變化,極端天氣事件和海平面上升,對建築師提出了新的挑戰。



Powerhouse Company是一家於2005年在鹿特丹成立的建築工作室。如今,它還在北京,奧斯陸和慕尼黑設有工作室。

該工作室最近的其他項目包括為鹿特丹的伊拉斯姆斯大學(Erasmus University)建立一個透明的學生中心,並提出“歐洲最苗條的住宅塔樓”以及將野蠻人的ker堡改建為高層住宅的建議。



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