The floating pavilion in the Rijnhaven in Rotterdam will be opened to the public every last Sunday of the month. After the official opening ceremony on 24 June, visitors can now explore the pavilion on monthly guided tours by ArchiGuides. And between noon and 1 pm, visitors are welcome to view the interior of this innovative building.
The floating pavilion is the centre of expertise of the innovative and inspiring water management, climate change and energy approach. This focus makes the centre the showcase for organizations such as the National Water Centre that is currently in the process of formation. The floating pavilion will thus strengthen the competitive position of the Dutch water management sector across the board.
Exceptional reception and exhibition area
The pavilion consists of a plaza section and a dome section comprising three interlinked half-spheres, the largest of which has a radius of 12 metres. The total floor area is approximately 46 by 25 metres. The floating pavilion can be rented for receptions and other events. The auditorium in one of the domes seats groups of 150 guests. The pavilion presents exhibitions on Rotterdam's water management, climate change and energy.
Innovative use of space
The floating pavilion is a design by the Deltasync/PublicDomain Architects design team and was constructed within the space of six months by Dura Vermeer. It is climate change resilient, innovative, sustainable and flexible. The floating pavilion responds to the collective climate objectives of Rotterdam to reduce CO2 emissions by 50% and to ensure that the city remains climate change resilient also in future. This is the first result of climate change resilient building in the areas outside the levees, and as such, the floating pavilion is a new and compelling example of intensive utilization of urban space in Rotterdam’s harbour basin and the Stadshavens (City Ports) district.