Digital Port Consultancy Centre
On the historic trading floor of the Rotterdam World Trade Center, the architects from mecanoo erected a futuristic information pavilion.
Bernd Hoff, Düsseldorf
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How to use computer technology successfully is just one of the things that business people and free-lancers can learn at events and training courses at the Rotterdam Digital Port. The information centre – an initiative of the City of Rotterdam and the local Chamber of Commerce – is located on the historic trading floor of the Rotterdam "World Trade Center" office complex. This futuristic pavilion was designed by architects from the mecanoo design offices in Delft. Thanks to clever scenographic lighting, original materials and surface finishes as well as extensive use of electronic media, it awakes optimism and enthusiasm for technology.
The pavilion’s construction and lighting concept are evocative of high-quality trade fair stands. Translucent materials in intensive colours help to give visitors the feeling that they are stepping into another world. Jilly spotlights for low-voltage halogen lamps provide adjustable, track-mounted accent lighting in places such as the catering area, while some areas of the pavilion feature Lightcast Downlights for general lighting attractively mounted in acrylic plates.
Diverse multifunctional rooms are available for training courses or conferences. An ERCO lighting control allows the luminous ceilings, equipped with red, green and blue fluorescent lamps, to illuminate in any colour nuance. This allows the atmosphere of the rooms to be completely altered at the touch of a button, while track-mounted Optec spotlights always ensure neutral-coloured light on the work surfaces.
Intelligent, networked lighting solutions don’t stop at the washroom door: the coloured ring of the Skim Varychrome Downlights shimmers in blue for the Gents and pink for the Ladies. Switchable red/green LED orientation luminaires in front of the toilet cubicles indicate “Engaged” and “Vacant” respectively.
Digital Port Rotterdam
3011 AA Rotterdam
Tel.: +31 (0) 10-880 00 10
Fax: +31 (0) 10-880 00 11
Usable area: 800 m2
Main contractor and structural engineers:
Hypsos Leisure, Soesterberg
Lighting tools used
The Guide section provides thorough information on everything from the physical bases of lighting to suggested solutions for different lighting situations. The interactive knowledge modules vividly illustrate lighting solutions that are possible with this product range.
Designing with white light colours and coloured light
Providing ambient luminescence
Emphasising objects to attract attention
Light to provide orientation in the room
Tracks as the basis for flexible lighting design
Luminaires as signals for orientation
Flexible luminaires for tracks to produce accent lighting
Recessed ceiling luminaires with different light distributions
Lighting for workstations through to large rooms
Eye-catching lighting effects for objects in the room and pictures
Using light to provide orientation in rooms
LON for building system and industrial process control