1993 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Marine Simulator Centre

During the early stages of our continuing work on a masterplan for Wilhelminapier in Rotterdam, the practice was invited by Marine Safety International to design a housing for a marine simulator, and provide accommodation for classrooms and offices within the converted terminal of the Holland-America line. Marine simulators are designed to teach sailing techniques and are widely used in the design of ports. The full mission, or 360-degree simulator, is a complex piece of equipment. It occupies a central drum, 11 metres high, surrounded by a huge volume. This was dramatically and accurately prefigured in our CAD projections. The simulator rests on isolated, floating foundations and sits in a new building, which also houses briefing rooms and a first floor office area.

The existing structure of the Holland-America line building has been remodelled to contain offices around the perimeter with four-250 degree marine simulators positioned at the east end. The new and existing buildings are connected by a glazed atrium.

Marine Simulator Centre

Rotterdam The Netherlands

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  • Appointment 1992
  • Completion 1993
  • Area 3,000m²
  • Capacity 40
  • Client Marine Safety International
  • Collaborating Architect ABMA Dirks & Partners
  • Structural Engineer Zonneveld ingenieurs
  • Environmental Engineer Van Heugten Raadgevend Technies Buro
  • Website http://vstepsimulation.com
  • 1994 – The 'Architectural Review' best European interior lighting scheme Hilight Award
  • 1994 – 'Interiors' USA Award