Logistics Park Moerdijk
Logistics Park Moerdijk (LPM) has been planned at a unique location; in the verge between the A16 and A17 motorways, on the Antwerp-Rotterdam line and with perfect connections to the hinterland, in close proximity to a deep water harbour (Moerdijk) and connected to the rail network. This provides many synergy and environmental benefits. In this way, companies on both sites can use the port for storage, transhipment and value-added logistics. Industrial residual heat can possibly be used as an energy source for other companies. An internal lane is created between the two sites, separated from the public road network. There will also be a rail service center on the existing industrial site for the transshipment of goods. Advantages can also be achieved in the field of park management.
Important principles of the spatial design are that construction is as compact as possible in every development unit and that the companies orient themselves on the edges of the development unit and thus on the public space. All loading and unloading areas, as well as office functions, are located at the edges of the development unit, while the buildings are as continuous as possible (back-to-back, side-by-side), or experienced as one building volume.
The purpose of this spatial concept is multiple. On the one hand, the urban-optimized plots are actually used to the maximum. This fits in well with the idea that no new business parks can be realized in 2011 without having to be extremely careful with the space. The spatial concept also deliberately breaks with the image of a business park as the sum of separate buildings without coherence, something that is often the subject of social dissatisfaction with the cluttering of the landscape. The spatial image for the LPM is that company buildings are merged into a limited number of large and long buildings.
Because the buildings are clustered and the forecourt borders on the public space, the LPM will, despite the high building density, look spacious.
At the same time, steering towards a clear and qualitative design (material, color and composition) of the façade creates a calm and stylized image and the horizontal character of the building volume as a whole will be emphasized. This fits in well with the scale and character of the surrounding landscape and in this way the buildings can also contribute to the integration of the LPM into the landscape. From the perspective of the passing motorist, the LPM will also be a unique experience. Instead of presenting a series of different buildings on the highway, the buildings of the LPM will accompany the highway in an impressive way. With the LPM a new typology is born, the "landscraper", a building that fits into the horizontal lines of the environment through its scale and design and excels through a combination of spatial efficiency and high-quality architecture.