New Logic III, Tilburg

Architect: Heembouw Architecten


Wood type: European Oak
Dimensions: Linear Pro-line 15 x 120 mm joint 15 mm
Finish: Transparant


Sustainable distribution centre with office space


New Logic III, also known as The Tube, is the new distribution centre of Rhenus Logistics which is located on the business park Het Laar right off the highway A58 in Tilburg, the Netherlands. A huge building with 40.000 m2 of warehouse space, 17.000 m2 extra work space and another 3.400 m2 of office space.

Architect Heembouw received a challenging assignment; Design a high-end architectural and sustainable distribution centre. A real eye-catcher and a place where people enjoy working.


The starting point for the design was the dynamic highway which is situated next to the building. This is why they chose to use a different shape for this building, an ellipse. This shape combined with the light and natural colour of the outside material makes it look and feel like an outer terrestrial object which landed next to the high way.
On the south side the shape of the building created a huge canopy which functions well as a sunroof to create a pleasant inside climate. The triple glazing keeps the warmth inside on colder days. The whole building is designed without use of gas with a heat pump and self-regulating smart lighting.

The Tube functions as a sustainable and architectural renewed workspace. This distribution centre has the highest BREEAM sustainability score ever achieved in the Netherlands which is 99,48 %. For this building more than 2,5 million kg of steel was used. Not very surprising that New Logic III has been awarded with the steel price 2020 in the category ‘Industrial building’.

In order to create a warm and atmospheric indoor climate in addition to the steel and the futuristic look, they decided to use wood. In total Derako has produced and delivered 1030 m2 of Linear Pro-line ceiling and wall coverings. By use of the specially designed Derako curved carrier system, the solid wooden ceiling fits in perfectly with the organic shape of the building without damaging the wood. The acoustic non-woven tissue between the wooden slats was chosen in a grey colour. This fits in well with the colour of steel which is omnipresent in the building. The Derako grill system has also been used as a design element to enhance the natural look and feel inside the office. All in all a very modern office with sustainable user elements.