Coordination centre

Coordination centre

Architect
UNStudio
Location
Antwerp, Belgium
Project Year
2009
Category
Watch Towers

Coordination centre

UNStudio as Architects

Essential to the design of the traffic coordination centre is that it should primarily be an attainable sustainable structure and provide a beacon for the functions of the old port. The design embodies the transition from an industrial to a post-industrial era. The prominent glass eye of the tower offers a panoramic view and sits atop a slightly twisting, 155m base. The tower forms an antenna rising from the harbour landscape. The aerodynamic design reduces the wind load, whilst the foot of the contrapposto tower merges with the existing building. The design of the tower plays a functional role in the daily use of the coordination center, whilst its function as a beacon is reinforced in the night situation as the eye of the tower lights up, creating a point of orientation in an otherwise hectic environment.

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