New NIKE European Logistic Campus (ELC) in Laakdal, near the Port of Antwerp, is the perfect base for NIKE’s transport and distribution from Europe to Moscow as 99% of containers are transported by water. The ELC building takes sustainable architecture to the highest level and the next-door construction, which is now being erected, will even be energy-positive, generating more energy than it uses. The ‘zero-energy’ site is completely self-sufficient and as it derives its energy from the sun, wind, water, land and biomass, it avoids fossil fuels. The green façades and roofs are fully integrated into the surroundings and flow seamlessly into a landscape park. Using an efficient water system, all the site’s rainwater is caught, collected, filtered and reused.
One of the most eye-catching elements is undoubtedly the 1.3 km long green belt that winds along the western side of the building like a shoelace, covering 3.000 m2. Probably the largest green façade in the world also camouflages several emergency exits and offers protection from the sun. As NIKE’s flagship, this project sets new standard for future centers worldwide and the building perfectly reflects the company’s philosophy as material and waste are kept to an absolute minimum.
We would like to thank Futureproofed for their excellent contribution and expertise in this area.