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No tour of modern architecture in Antwerp is complete without the Havenhuis. You might know this location from some previous pictures I did here, here are some newer ones.

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The new headquarters of the Port of Antwerp, located in the far north of the city, consist of the old fire deparment barracks with a giant diamond-ship-like construction built on top of it.

Havenhuis (the Antwerp Port House) opened in autumn 2016. It is the final work of the Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, who died just before the Havenhuis opened.

The old fire department barracks below was built in 1922 in a style that evokes Antwerp's renaissance town hall.

The ship-like shape by Zaha Hadid, with its many faceted glass exterior, also evokes the diamond trade for which Antwerp is famous.

The Havenhuis is located in the far north of the city, where the cold wind blows. The dockers used to nickname this area Siberia. These days this area is a bit of wasteland between the old docks and the modern harbour, which is even more to the north.

There are plenty of construction sites in this area, which is being redeveloped as a kind of extension area for the city.

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alternative view in WS (side)
closer view to follow

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