Two giants in the world of sustainability and architecture, Bestseller and Henning Larsen, are joining forces to set a groundbreaking precedent in the world of logistics with the construction of Europe’s largest timber logistics center. Located in the unique topography of Lelystad on the Dutch island of Flevopolder, this project, named Bestseller Logistic Center West (LCW), aims to revolutionize the way we think about logistics.
Driven by a shared commitment to reduce emissions, create a fair working environment, and promote a circular economy by minimizing waste and keeping resources in use, the LCW project incorporates innovative approaches to design, sustainability, and biodiversity.
A Glimpse into LCW’s Nature-Inspired Design
The LCW structure is set to be Europe’s largest timber logistics center, with a total building size of 155,000 square meters. But what truly sets it apart is its dedication to ecological and sustainable design. The structure will be constructed primarily of mass timber, combined with other biogenic materials like straw. Furthermore, the surrounding wetlands and forest will not only be preserved but also enhanced, with a meadow cultivated on the roof, aimed at increasing the site’s biodiversity by a remarkable 10%.
For those who work within the LCW, the hub will offer more than just a workspace. It includes offices, shuttle storage, pallet shuttle facilities, and a restaurant with a roof garden and terrace, providing ample space in the surrounding natural environment for both employees and visitors.
Fostering Ecological Variety
To ensure the site’s biodiversity thrives, a constructed wetland habitat will envelop a significant portion of the area. This wetland habitat creates microhabitats through the use of diverse native species and varied landscaping. A boardwalk has been incorporated to serve as both a scenic route and an educational tool for employees, with informative diagrams and seating areas amidst the natural surroundings.
LCW also features an optimized irrigation system that promotes a healthy water ecology, safeguards against flooding, and upholds the site’s responsibility to prevent contamination of the local water system. Roof-sourced stormwater can be efficiently recycled for internal building use, contributing to a sustainable water management system.
Where Nature and Work Thrive
The integration of nature into the workspace harmonizes indoor and outdoor elements, creating an atmosphere that prioritizes employee well-being. Abundant natural light floods the timber interior, invigorating the space and enhancing focus. The outdoor areas have been designed to optimize the microclimate, extending the duration of outdoor comfort throughout the spring and autumn seasons. This extensive use of nature ensures that the urban heat island effect will not be a concern.
Bestseller’s Logistic Center West is designed in collaboration with Ramboll, Denc, and Pelecon, and the project is expected to be completed in 2026. It signifies a remarkable step forward in the world of logistics, emphasizing sustainability, ecological diversity, and the harmonious integration of nature into the workplace.
Project: Logistics Hub (center and office)
Location: Lelystad, Netherlands
Expected completion date: 2026
Site size: 287,000m2: including 24,000m2 wetland, 30,000m2 forest, 30,000m2 roof meadow
Building size: 155,000m2
Architect: Henning Larsen (services: architecture, interior design)
Landscape Architect: Henning Larsen
Engineers: Ramboll, Denc and Pelecon
Renders: Henning Larsen
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