In a new office in Rotterdam, bright minds will figure out in the coming years how we as humans should deal with the changing climate in the world. Not on a dusty top floor in a concrete gray building, but in a brand new wooden pavilion that floats on the water of the Rotterdam Rijnhaven: the Floating Office.
It will be the headquarters of the Global Commission on Adaption, a knowledge center looking at ways to adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change. The pontoon was towed into the Rijnhaven a year ago, and the pavilion will be opened on Monday by none other than King Willem-Alexander and Ban-Ki-Moon, the former Secretary General of the United Nations.
To set a good example, everything about the pavilion has been made as sustainable and energy neutral as possible. Built from recycled materials – mainly wood – completely powered by solar panels and the water from the Rijnhaven provides cooling. When the building is finished, it doesn’t need to be demolished. “You can literally take it apart and reuse it,” explains RED Company’s architect Nanne de Ru.
It’s an exciting day for him. “We were busy yesterday. Fortunately, we were able to take a look at Max (Verstappen, ed.) and everything is ready. Ban-Ki-Moon has already arrived.”
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It is no coincidence that the office floats. Floating houses and offices are a way to build climate-proof. “What are we going to do now that we are seeing more and more consequences of climate change? And how can we adapt to it? One of those consequences is sea level rise, so we created a floating office. It is the largest floating office in the world.” As far as De Ru is concerned, the entire project has already been partially successful. “There is already interest in the technique we have used.”
The climate center will be located on the top floor. The restaurant in the pavilion hopes to open on October 1, and the floating park next to the Floating Office will be expanded over time.
The Global Commission on Adaption will help other cities with so-called climate adaptation. The chairmen are none other than Bill Gates, Kristalina Georgieva (former CEO of the World Bank) and Ban-Ki-Moon. And the latter is in Rotterdam on Monday to open the office building.
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