A unique floating office

The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) will move its new headquarter into the Floating Office Rotterdam (FOR). This one-of-a-kind project will be a paragon of state-of-the-art sustainability measures.

Rotterdam, NL
3607 m² LFA
Present - October 2020


m² Lettable Floor Area

A next step for the GCA

The Global Center on Adaptation is an international organization which works as a solutions broker to accelerate action and support for adaptation solutions, from the international to the local, in partnership with the public and private sector, to ensure we learn from each other and work together for a climate resilient future. The organization is chaired by Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations. The Center builds on, improves, and accelerates breakthrough solutions that catalyze transformation at scale and at speed. This fits seamlessly with the central thought of the Floating Office Rotterdam design, developed by RED Company.

Co-founder of RED Company, Nanne de Ru:

“A climate-resilient world is one of the biggest challenges for current and future generations. With this building, we want to show that real estate development can also take the initiative in solving these climate-related threats.”

Circularity and Sustainability

The FOR aims for the moon

The terrace has a beautiful view of the Rijnhaven

The mission to manage the effects of climate change are embraced by the GCA, the city of Rotterdam, as well as RED Company. In order to achieve this, a sustainable and circular building is designed. The building is circular since the structure can be disassembled. Moreover, the use of timber as the main building material reduces the carbon footprint significantly.  The office will be self-sufficient and energy-neutral thanks to 800 m2 of solar panels and the use of water from the Rijnhaven for the cooling of the building.

The FOR can be fully disassembled and contains several sustainability measures
Wooden details make the FOR a masterpiece
A large outdoor terrace and floating swimming pool

The water has never been closer

In a city such as Rotterdam, where water plays such a vital role, Floating Office Rotterdam makes the Rijnhaven more tangible than ever before. This is achieved by a large outdoor terrace and floating swimming pool, which make this project unique in every sense of the word.


Together, the following parties work on the groundbreaking Floating Office Rotterdam, where they adapt to the social, economic, ecological, and technological trends concerning climate change.

  • Developer RED Company
  • Architecture Powerhouse Company
  • Project management DVP
  • Engineering floating element Bartels & Vedder
  • Engineering wood structure Solid Timber
  • Consultancy DWA
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The largest floating office in the world has been moved to its location in the Rotterdam Rijnhaven! 
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