The Antwerp Port House, designed by Hadid has signified the battle between past and present. Similarly through the concept of futurism, and its rejection towards traditional conventions, the production of the art form from first principles that are in accordance with the industrial and mechanical world that surrounded it. The redundant 20th-century fire station also previously used as a warehouse represents the past, whilst the present is shown through the multifaceted shape of the extension seeking to undermine the original host building through subversion, as well as ignoring and seeking no acknowledgement whatsoever of the building below. The building is never misunderstood when it comes to understanding what is new and old, with the exception, perhaps, of the short movement between the panoramic lift leaving the former fire station and entering the first floor of the office building. The extension seeks to glorify the technological advances of the dynamic modern world through its sharp angled facades and its choice of high-tech materiality, predominately consisting of glass and aluminium, having no relationship to the qualities of its subdued host.
Futurism an avant-garde movement of the 20th century, formerly constituted in Italy, just before the First World War. A movement seeking to oppress the weight of past cultures and lifestyles, instead encouraging to celebrate the modern world of industry and technology. The work of futurists used elements of neo-impressionism and cubism to create compositions that expressed the idea of the dynamism, the energy and movement of modern life. The Works of Giacomo Balla, Gino Severini, Umberto Boccioni, underline these ideologies, such as the abstract Speed and Sound Painting of 1913, 1912, Dancer at Pigalle, oil painting, and the 1914 Spiral Expansion of Muscles in Action sculpture. These pieces of work have not only influenced its expression through art but through the way we live today. The movement has influenced generations of architects including Hadid, allowing them to see a city in a more radicalised manner, a site of speed and constant change, based on the possibilities of ever advancing technologies. The belief of imagining the impossible.