De Rotterdam / OMA

© Michel van de Kar

Architects: OMA
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Rem Koolhaas, Reinier de Graaf, Ellen van Loon, Kees van Casteren
Area: 162000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Michel van de Kar, Charlie Koolhaas, Ossip van Duivenbode, Philippe Ruault

© Ossip van Duivenbode

From the architect. 21 November, Rotterdam – OMA today marks the completion of De Rotterdam, a mixed-use, 160,000m2 slab-tower conceived as a ‘vertical city’ on the river Maas.

Ellen van Loon: “Efficiency has been a central design parameter from day one. The extreme market forces at play throughout the course of the project, far from being a design constraint, have in fact reinforced our original concept. The result is a dense, vibrant building for the city.”

© Ossip van Duivenbode

With the building’s completion, a critical mass has been established on the Kop van Zuid, realizing the long-established vision of a second city center south of the Maas. The building is named after one of the original ships on the Holland America Line, which from 1873 to the late 1970s transported thousands of emigrating Europeans bound for New York from the Wilhelmina Pier, next to which De Rotterdam is situated.

Program Isometry

The three stacked and interconnecting towers of De Rotterdam rise 44 floors to a height of 150 meters and span a width of over 100 meters. Nevertheless, the building is exceptionally compact, with a mix of programs organized into distinct but overlapping blocks of commercial office space, residential apartments, hotel and conference facilities, restaurants and cafes. Office employees, residents and hotel guests are brought together in conference, sport and restaurant facilities. The building’s shared plinth is the location of the lobbies to each of the towers, creating a pedestrianized public hub by means of a common hall.

© Ossip van Duivenbode

Rem Koolhaas: “Despite its scale and apparent solidity, the building’s shifted blocks create a constantly changing appearance, different from every part of the city. The fact that it stands today represents a small triumph of persistence for the city, the developer, the contractor and the architects.”

© Philippe Ruault

The various phases of design and construction were supervised by partners-in-charge Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon and Reinier de Graaf, and associate-in-charge Kees van Casteren. De Rotterdam is developed by MAB Development and OVG Real Estate.

© Ossip van Duivenbode

Building Code Consultant: ABT Bouwkunde, Velp / Delft
Structural Engineer: Corsmit, Rotterdam
Structural Advisor In Sd Phase: Arup, London
Service Engineers: Techniplan, Rotterdam (offices, hotel) / Valstar Simonis, Rijswijk (apartments, plinth)
Façades: Permasteelisa, Middelburg (offices, hotel, plinth) / TGM, Asten (apartments)
Fire Safety / Building Physics: DGMR, Arnhem
Lighting Consultant Ground Floor / Atrium: Arup, Amsterdam
Scenography / Lighting Consultants Hotel: Ducks Scéno, Paris / Les Eclaireurs, Lyon
Team 1997 2001(50% Sd): Christina Beaumont, Stefan Bendiks, Frans Blok, Robert Cheoff, Bert Karel Deuten, Sharon Goren, Juan Guardetti, Jens Holm, Alex de Jong, Adam Kurdahl, Carolien Ligtenberg, Anna Little, Nuno Rosado, Saskia Simon, Johan de Wachter, Barbara Wolff
Team 2001 2008(50% Sd – Building Permit): Chantal Aquilina, Eva Dietrich, Anita Ernödi, Markus Frank, Jonah Gamblin, Clarisa Garcia-Fresco, Alex de Jong, Michel van de Kar, Christoph Michael, Elida Mosquera, Mauro Parravicini, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Raphael Pulido, Louise Sullivan, Olaf Turck, Manuel Villanueva, with: Chun Chiu, Duncan Flemington, Evangelos Kotsioris, Sören Martinussen, Nobuki Ogasahara, Theo Petrides, Benoit Schelstraete, Ian Schopa, Kyo Stockhaus, Joao Viera Costa, Luca Vigliero, Jussi Vuori, Jean-Paul Willemse
Team 2008 2013(Construction Phase / Interiors): Michel van de Kar (associate), Marlies Boterman, Christoph Michael, with: Katrien van Dijk, Nathalie Gozdziak, Sai Shu, Saskia Simon, Tomas Dirrix, Erik de Haan, Jue Qiu, Pal Trodahl
Interiors Hotel (2013): Saskia Simon, Marina Cogliani, Clive Hennessey, Yasuhito Hirose, Arminas Sadzevicius
Executive Architect: B+M, The Hague
Elevators / Escalators / Building Maintenance Units: Kone, The Hague
Mep: Roodenburg, Krimpen aan den IJssel
Contractor: Züblin, Stuttgart / Antwerp / Vlaardingen
Reception Desks Ground Floor: Smeulders, Nuenen

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Cite: "De Rotterdam / OMA" 25 Nov 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 Apr 2014. <>


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    quite strange, could evoque one of Mies Van Der Rohe’s buildings with something less cartesian. Maybe they should destroy the two buildings next to this one and just conserve this one …

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    I find this project strangely compelling. I can’t speak to whether its appropriate to Rotterdam as I haven’t spent any time there, but taken as just the building, it strikes an interesting design balance between the cost-driven mundane and the excessively unique. I’d welcome it as an addition to NYC at the very least.

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    In OMAs content, Koolhaas talks about not liking mies, but loving him. This falls neatly under the “I don’t want to be interesting, I want to be good.” Although good is heavily subjective, and personally i hate this building.

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