Unilever Nederland BV / JHK Architecten

© Palladium Photodesign

Architects: JHK Architecten
Location: Rotterdam,
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 14,000 sqm
Photographs: Roos Aldershoff, Palladium Photodesign

The office spans the current factory complex. Together with the existing historic building, it is the crowning glory of a multitude of industrial forms, buildings and materials. Thanks to its size and direction, it is an imposing presence at the entrance via the Maasboulevard, the first building in Rotterdam. It also benefits from the view on the city’s skyline.

© Palladium Photodesign

The new office has 4 layers measuring 32×133 metres. The lowest floor is 25 metres above the quay. The main entrance is on the quay, next to the classical 19th century office building. The lift and staircase are in the inner court, opening up the storeys.

The offices offer a breathtaking, panoramic view of the city centre on the other side of the Maas.
Atriums and patios allow light to enter throughout the building. The vacant spaces are strategically located to ensure adequate illumination in the central zone.

© Roos Aldershoff

Transparency is not only visible on the outer façade, it also contributes to give the entire building a communicative character. The building therefore adequately responds to the need for a dynamic office organization in which consultations can be held in an informal atmosphere.


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Cite: "Unilever Nederland BV / JHK Architecten" 08 Aug 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=261202>
  • Joao Athayde

    Architecture that is extremely disrispectful for the existing architecture!

    • lego

      This is Rotterdam. “Existing architecture” doesn’t realy mean the same over there.

      It’s indeed a violent gesture but on scale whit the area and doesn’t casts so much shadow on the building underneath.

      (remark based on a personal visit not on pictures)

  • desa

    I like it! one of those rare pieces that defy property zonings and boundary disputes… thoroughly impressed with the grand move. Talk about floating architecture!

  • Rig

    My God, that´s what I call “urban integration”. LOL. (First comment: you read my mind).

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  • Nani Sa

    not nice but suitable and sustainable plan in seasides.