OMA Completes De Rotterdam (NL)



De Rotterdam by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. Image courtesy of OMA photography by Charlie Koolhaas.

De Rotterdam by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. Image courtesy of OMA photography by Charlie Koolhaas.

The Workplace for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) right now marked the completion the biggest building in the Netherlands, the De Rotterdam, a mixed-use, 160,000m2 slab-tower conceived as a ‘vertical city’ on the river Maas.

De Rotterdam by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. Image courtesy of OMA photography by Michel van de Kar.

De Rotterdam by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. Image courtesy of OMA photography by Michel van de Kar.

“Efficiency has been a central design parameter from day 1.” says OMA spouse Ellen van Loon. “The severe market place forces at perform all through the course of the task, far from becoming a design constraint, have in truth reinforced our authentic idea. The outcome is a dense, vibrant developing for the city.” The developing is named after one of the authentic ships of the Holland America Line, which from 1873 to the late 1970s transported 1000’;s of emigrating Europeans bound for New York from the Wilhelmina Pier, next to which De Rotterdam is situated.

De Rotterdam by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. Image courtesy of OMA photography by Ossip van Duivenbode.

De Rotterdam by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. Image courtesy of OMA photography by Ossip van Duivenbode.

The 3 stacked and interconnecting towers of De Rotterdam rise 44 floors to a height of 150 meters and span a width of more than 100 meters. “Nevertheless, the developing is exceptionally compact, with a mix of packages organized into distinct but overlapping blocks of business office space, residential apartments, hotel and conference facilities, eating places and cafes.” says OMA.

De Rotterdam by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. Image courtesy of OMA photography by Ossip van Duivenbode.

De Rotterdam by the Workplace for Metropolitan Architecture. Image courtesy of OMA photography by Ossip van Duivenbode.

Workplace staff, residents and hotel guests are brought collectively in conference, sport and restaurant services. The building’s shared plinth is the spot of the lobbies to each of the towers, making a pedestrianized public hub by indicates of a frequent hall. “Despite its scale and apparent solidity, the building’s shifted blocks create a continually shifting look, various from every component of the city. The fact that it stands these days represents a tiny triumph of persistence for the city, the developer, the contractor and the architects.” says OMA founder and companion Rem Koolhaas.

The various phases of design and construction had been supervised by partners-in-charge Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon and Reinier de Graaf, and associate-in-charge Kees van Casteren.

Task: A mixed-use vertical city
Standing: Commission 1997, groundbreaking December 2009, completion November 2013
Clientele: De Rotterdam CV, The Hague (Joint venture MAB, The Hague / OVG, Rotterdam)
Place: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Website: Former harbour waterfront among KPN tower and Cruise Terminal at Kop van Zuid
System: Total 162,000m2: offices 72,000m2 240 apartments 34,5000m2 hotel (278 rooms) / congress / restaurant 19,000m2 retail / F&B one,000m2 leisure 4,500m2 parking (approx. 650 cars) 31,000m2

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