Belgium | 2019
Lucas Freire Architecture
The Friendship Boat is now an office for a remarkable advertising agency. A rebirth project of the infamous Badboot (a ferry boat that partially sank). The place brings visiting and working to a whole new level of collaboration, immersed in vegetation and fresh playful colours which stimulates creativity and thinking out-of-the-box. Why would you dream to work at an exclusive location overlooking the water when you can be on the water itself? When clients come come to the boat you give them a whole new experience: coming on board for a meeting! The conversion of an infamous partially sunk boat was a challenge that Lucas Freire Architecture was happy to take on. The entire boat received a makeover in terms of interior, but also its use and function changed. Friendship had the courage to buy a boat in poor condition and have it transformed into their flagship. The boat was transformed into a place where there is a perfect balance between business and creativity. On board there are meeting rooms and lounge areas, but also creative workplaces, a bar and even a green zone. Even though the project is on land, the structural changes had to be approved by the port of Antwerp and a naval engineer. It was like a regular building permit but for a boat. This is also the reason why we see the Friendship Boat as building: a movable building!
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