National Public Port Control Building Győr- Gönyű
Water transportation, although more dated than other means of transporting goods, has remained a crucial element in modern trade. Due to the method having existed since the earliest civilisations, harbours and ports have not been shown as much care as train stations or airports; however, the new design of the control building at the Győr-Gönyű National Public Port revitalises the port and brings modernism into the most traditional method of transportation. The building brings comfort and convenience to the workers through its implementation of technology in communication, energy preservation, and most importantly, a modern and practical design.
In the middle of the path where the North and the Black Sea meet, at the 1,794 km mark of the Danube river and the Mosoni-Danube Estuary between Győr and Gönyű, along highway 1, the Győr-Gönyű National Public Port was constructed, serving as a freight logistics centre.
The design of the port control building was inspired by the strict system of port infrastructure and the riverbank overlooking the harbour as well as the vigorous movement of the water on the other side of the river. The service building acts as a multifunctional port inspection unit, including a communication system with the barges in the river, boats for disposing and storing waste and hazardous materials, car storage, offices, water quality test labs, meeting rooms and guest rooms.
The port also serves as a junction of water, road and rail road transport. The ground floor of the building precisely follows the east-west direction of the railway transport system. The components of the building consistently fits a vertical segmentation. The ground floor is reinforced with a concrete frame, through which the anchoring elements of the cantilever steel staircase can be crossed. There is a glass structure extending over the road to the river side, allowing the user to supervise the work in the harbour, as well as providing a panoramic view of the natural scenery provided by the surrounding area. The ground level office section is where the workers are located, but additional roof top gardens and terraces are provided on the exterior.
The building is divided according to the function. On the ground floor, in a wedge perpendicular to the shore, there are offices, guest rooms, executive offices and a meeting room, parallel to the river. All functions are directly accessible from the lobby. The elevated floor is surrounded by a sun-shaded side of the building as well as a south-facing shading system that can be opened on both sides of the meeting room. The shaded galvanised surface of the shade under the changing light conditions puts the building in a different garment.
Implementation of modern technology in the design makes the building highly efficient in both energy and labour. The heat and electricity of the building is controlled by environment-aware technologies. When filling the partition, the soil was placed and the photovoltaic system makes the building self-maintained as stored rainwater is used to keep the roof garden alive. A communication antenna tower was implemented on the south side of the building, allowing for workers to better cooperate with each other but more specifically making communication between the building and the harbour easier.