NL architects: landmark mv2   container tower NL architects: landmark mv2   container tower
oct 08, 2009

NL architects: landmark mv2 container tower

landmark mv2 – container tower by NL architects image courtesy NL architects

in order to remain successful the harbor of rotterdam needs to expand. a new radar tower is required on the border of the land to guide the heavy traffic.

the port of rotterdam organized a competition for architects and designers alike to develop a landmark through the tower, which also could be used as a viewing platform.

the actual radar will be positioned 70 meters above sea level. the tower which served as a starting point for the study consists of a hollow core with an elevator and staircase for maintenance inside. it was calculated that the simplest concrete cylinder would have to measure up to 5.5 meters in diameter to withstand forces.

dutch firm NL architects proposed the container tower which consisted of 25 stacked sea containers to carry the radar. by reinforcing the pile, the containers would become stackable beyond their natural capacity.

it was calculated that a single row of containers would not be stable. additional measures were necessary. by adding another row of containers the tower would remain erect.

after the competition, the project was terminated: the study revealed that the neighboring new generation wind turbines by their shear size would dwarf any landmark.

site of a new radar tower image courtesy NL architects

the new generation wind turbines image courtesy NL architects

landmark mv2 – container tower image courtesy NL architects

landmark mv2 – container tower image courtesy NL architects

landmark mv2 – container tower image courtesy NL architects

landmark mv2 – container tower image courtesy NL architects

landmark mv2 – container tower image courtesy NL architects

landmark mv2 – container tower image courtesy NL architects

  • Nice idea, but a maybe a bit ‘too obvious’.

    Strange that the landmark would be unnoticeable due to big windmills, because I can image a giant harbour would also be a quite “in your face” thing. And a landmark on its own, maybe?

    MJW says:
  • NL architects: landmark mv2 – container tower

    Thanks for sharing!

    Building Materials Supplies says:
  • I think it’s a missed opportunity, i don’t like it

    Henk says:

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