smart combination of materials

The structure of the Nautical Coordination Center exists of a steel structure and wooden modular elements to enable fast construction, large free span with less materials and flexibility in floorplans. CLT walls are applied on the ground floor. Kerto LVL Ribwall and Kerto LVL Ripa Boxelements are applied as floor elements and provided by Metsä Wood Holland, Almere and prefabricated by Dupac. The wood is supplied from Finland and sourced from PEFC certified forests.

a warm and comfortable home base

The users of the Nautical Coordination Center have either 24 hours shifts or long shifts. Heavy weather mostly strikes the area. People who have long shifts patrolling the waters of harbour have to endure these conditions. For this reason we wanted to offer them a warm and comfortable home base. Materials were carefully selected, crafted and combined to achieve this.

It was essential that all materials were aligned with the overall appearance. For example the contractor Dozy made customized perforated wooden panels for the acoustic ceiling to align with the main appearance.


CO2 captured according to Metsä Wood's calculation, equal to the CO2 emission from the electricity consumption of 137 households in one year.


the building is assembled with 200.000 screws

Approximately 200.000 screws and bolts hold the new Nautical Coordination Center of the Port of Amsterdam together. The building is completely circular and climate neutral: it consists mainly of sustainable wood (which stores 24 tons of CO2) and can be dismantled with a screwdriver and an open-end wrench.

In addition to being circular, the new center is energy neutral. There is 3-layer sun protection glass everywhere. 101 solar panels on the roof and 24 solar panels on the facade generate enough electricity to illuminate the building. The geothermal energy system stores heat in the summer that is used to heat the building in the winter. And the air extracted from the building is used to heat the fresh air.

With the latter facility alone, the center achieves an energy reduction of 84 percent.

Furthermore, the toilets are flushed with rainwater, which is collected on the roof and buffered under the building. Finally, the employees do not use new furniture, but chairs and tables that had become redundant at other locations.

sensitize and awareness!

A gift to partners that symbolizes an abstract representation of the completed Nautical Coordination Center. A review of how we consciously used raw materials.