Nautical office lofts at the waterfront
Commissioned by The Quay Vastgoed, FRED Developers en Zwijndrecht Maritime Centre, architectural studio ZJA produced the design for these office lofts, a large and coherent gesture on the riverbank. To make the location inviting to everyone, ZJA has designed a raised wooden deck above which the lofts will stand. Underneath is space for the parking of cars, bicycles and motorbikes, but also for service installations. The result will be a beautifully located public space, with garden features, places for lunch, an outdoor gym, and a green and clearly laid out pedestrian area. A central corridor links the riverbank to the rest of the terrain and along the edge of the water is the route to the restaurant at the westernmost point, with its waterside terrace.
Flexible use, open and transparent
The buildings are modern and high value working environments modelled on the loft, with high ceilings and large open spaces containing a minimum of pillars. This facilitates flexible use and variable subdivision. The location, facing south and on the river, makes it logical to opt for a lot of glass and free-hanging balconies with wooden floors. The layout of the building is intended to maximize the focus on the river and the view.