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First look: Zaha Hadid's Antwerp Port Authority HQ

The first images of Zaha Hadid's competition winning scheme for the new Port Authority HQ in Antwerp

Zaha Hadid Architects had won the international competition to design the new headquarters for Antwerp’s Port Authority.

The 12,800 sq m scheme includes the revamp of an existing former fire station which sits below a new 6,200 sq m ‘crystalline’ extension – a designed to reflect the Belgian’s ports link to the diamond industry.

Supported by three concrete pillars housing the stairs and lifts, the five-storey, glass and aluminium clad office will be home to offices, an auditorium and a ‘panoramic’ restaurant.

Describing the scheme, project architect Joris Pauwels said: 'The new building’s volume is enclosed by articulated surfaces that have a façade of glass and aluminium panels, reflecting the surroundings during the day and transforming into a radiating crystal at night. The panels do not all lie in the same plane but are rotated slightly with respect to one another, reflecting light from these facets.'

The pictures are presented as a Flickr slideshow. You can click on an image to see the next in the series or select pictures directly using the thumbnail images below.The copyright of each image rests with the photographer.

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