Inaugurated in 2016, the Antwerp Port House was designed by the late British Architect Zaha Hadid. After winning the competition that called for a project integrating a listed 1922 fire station, she imagined a spectacular building, in the shape of a diamond, that would house the port authority’s offices and their 500 employees.
Like a diamond mounted on a classical stand, the new offices of the Port Authority achieve a striking contrast between the ultramodern structure made possible by innovative engineering techniques and the preserved historical building from which it seems to emerge.
Clad entirely in glass panels, the contemporary element reflects the sky and surrounding water with elegance, while providing the people who work there with a beautiful view over the Antwerp harbour.
In order to ensure sufficient visibility and comfort for the employees who would be sitting behind the glass panes, all of the office windows have been fitted with sunscreen roller blinds cut from Serge Ferrari Soltis 92, totalling a surface of 1,500 sqm (over 16,000 sq ft). The bicolour blinds were installed with no visible fixing points, for a seamless result. The project demanded a combination of two specific colours: anthracite inside and white outside.
Fitting company Interpat and Verano – a Belgian blind manufacturing company – hired the services of Serge Ferrari for the 237 blinds of the contemporary part. Out of those, 186 are positioned at a 15-degree angle and 51 at a 48-degree angle. And beside those 186 blinds, the project also required 25 triangular blinds. Thanks to their unique Précontraint® technology, Serge Ferrari is the only company in the world capable of providing material triangular blinds.
Photo credits: Eric Borghs