Port of Antwerp, Belgium
Zaha Hadid Architects
- Alpaco HPL Cubicles
The port of Antwerp is the second largest in Europe and fifth largest in the world. Visiting trade delegations cannot miss the new Port House, a landmark which serves as the headquarters for the Antwerp Port Authority. This building, designed by [the late] Zaha Hadid, is considered the “jewel” of the port. The four-story diamond structure is unique as it sits above an existing municipal fire station dating from 1911. The two structures blend both the historical heritage of the city with the modernization of the future to create a flagship building celebrating Antwerp as being a “diamond” capital of the world.
The multi-story building, which also includes restaurants and an auditorium, currently supports work space for 450 employees, but has the capacity to house 600, providing room for growth. This large and potentially-expanding number of employees need washroom facilities with flexibility and guaranteed privacy. The custom-made black Alpaco cubicles and stainless steel hardware provide a highly aesthetic modern washroom. Stainless steel accessories accent washroom design, adding distinction to the design.