Rotterdam Unveils Mirrored, MVRDV-Designed Art Depot for Museumpark

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The City of has unveiled MVRDV’s competition winning design for a new public art depot in Rotterdam’s Museumpark. Clad in a highly reflective glass, the cylindrical BREEAM Excellent-planned “Collection Building” will store the “precious art collection of Rotterdam” as well as offer commercial interior storage for private collectors. It is designed to expose the inter workings of a museum, winding visitors up a public route, past storage rooms and workshops, to a rooftop exhibition space, sculpture garden and restaurant.

AD Classics: Kubuswoningen / Piet Blom

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A popular tourist attraction and bizarre architectural experiment, the Kubuswoningen is located in the Oude Haven, the most historic section of Rotterdam’s port. Following the destruction of the Oude Haven during the Second World War, architect Piet Blom was asked to redevelop the area with architecture of character, presenting him the opportunity to apply his earlier cube housing exploration in Helmond to a more urban context.  Known for his desire to challenge conventions, Blom did not want the Kubuswoningen to resemble typical housing; he strived to dissolve the attitude that “a building has to be recognizable as a house for it to qualify as housing.”  During a time when the rebuilding of Rotterdam was pivotal, the Kubuswoningen served as an influential precedent for progressive and innovative architectural development.  

In OMA’s De Rotterdam, Furniture Transforms 60-meters into Multi-Functional, Versatile Space

OMA’s De Rotterdam, a project 15 years in the making, is designed to maximize the number of functions possible in 44 floors. In addition to shops, hotels and office space, this “vertical city” also contains apartments that use transformable furniture to pack a variety of uses into small spaces. Chairs double as wall art and sofas flip into beds, showing that a 60 square meter apartment is more versatile than we think. 

Developer Wim De Lathauwer explains, ”Why would we only think in quantity of bedrooms and square meters, while many of these spaces are used only sporadically?…In The we are simply not used to this way of thinking. De is the ideal project when it comes to maximizing the joy of every square meter. We deal with an audience who understands this and yearns for this extra quality. Even in the large apartments the office, wardrobe- and guest room are combined in one space. Actually, it is very logical.” You can see the dynamic furniture, designed by Clei Italia, in the video below. 

Read more about The Netherlands’ largest building here

Erasmus Pavilion / Powerhouse Company + DeZwarteHond

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Architects: Powerhouse Company + DeZwarteHond
Location: Rotterdam,
Project Leader: Stefan Prins
Partners In Charge: Nanne de Ru, Willem Hein Schenk
Area: 1,800 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Christian van der Kooy, Rene de Wit

Unielocatie Zuiderpark / JHK Architecten

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Architects: JHK Architecten
Location: Montessoriweg, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Area: 22,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jeroen Musch, Rhalda Jansen, Courtesy of , Rein van der Zee

Het Buro De Bovenkamer / Krill Architecture + Christian Müller Architects

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Architects: Krill Architecture , Christian Müller Architects
Location: Rochussenstraat 355, 3023 DL Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Project Architects: Harmen van de Wal, Christian Müller
Contributors: Arnold de Bruin, Barbara Costatino, Raimonda Cibayte, PaulPeter Kuper, Magdalena Merchan, Jiri Serek, Elena Vicente
Programmatic Concept : Het Observatorium, Greetje Hoitink en/and , met/with Hans Venhuizen, Michaela Stegerwald Architectuur, John van de Wetering Advies
Area: 1385.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jeroen Musch

B05 / NL Architects

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Architects: NL Architects
Location: Boezemlaan, , The
Architects In Charge: Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse
Project Architect: Sarah Möller
Area: 3600.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of NL Architects

B’ Tower / Wiel Arets Architects

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Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: , The Netherlands
Design Team: Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Carsten Hilgendorf, Joris van den Hoogen
Area: 15,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jan Bitter

Koolhaas on Place, Scale, and (De) Rotterdam

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All images are from photographer Richard John Seymour,who caught Rem Koolhaas’ recently completed De Rotterdam building on a broodingly foggy morning. 

At the opening of the newly constructed De Rotterdam building in his home city, Rem Koolhaas spoke at length about how this “vertical city” was designed to appear scaleless, despite its urban context. More about what Koolhaas had to say about the project and the city, after the break…

De Rotterdam / OMA

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Architects: OMA
Location: , The
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

Wainwright Weighs In on Rem’s De Rotterdam

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In the architectural stomping ground that is , it’s no small task to design a building that actually stands out. But, according to The Guardian’s Oliver Wainwright, the recently completed De Rotterdam building manages to. Although the Koolhaas-designed structure, which houses offices, apartments and even a boutique hotel, may at first seem simple (simplistic, even), Wainwright praises how the shifting masses cleverly play tricks on your perception. The building is undoubtedly impressive, but is the unconventional envelope enough to distract from a bland-at-best interior? Read the rest of Wainwright’s critique here. evaluate

Educational Center Erasmus University Medical Center / Claus en Kaan Architecten

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Architects: Claus en Kaan Architecten
Location: , The Netherlands
Area: 34,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sebastian van Damme, Bart Gosselin, Marco van Middelkoop

Dreamhouse / Claus en Kaan Architecten

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Architects: Claus en Kaan Architecten
Location: Rotterdam, The
Design Team: Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen Luca Baialardo, Timo Cardol, Aksel Coruh, Luuk Dietz, Paolo Faleschini, Antonia Rief
Area: 1,050 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Sebastian van Damme

Rotterdam Centraal / Team CS

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Architects: West 8, Benthem Crouwel Architects, MVSA Meyer en van Schooten Architecten
Location: Stationsplein 1, 3013 AJ , The Netherlands
Lead Architects: Jan Benthem, Marcel Blom, Adriaan Geuze, Jeroen van Schooten
Design Team: Arman Akdogan, Anja Blechen, Freek Boerwinkel, Amir Farokhian, Joost Koningen, Joost van Noort, Falk Schneeman, Daphne Schuit, Matthijs Smit (†), Andrew Tang, Wouter Thijssen, Joost Vos
Area: 50,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jannes Linders, Skeyes

Schiecentrale 4b / Mei Architecten

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Architects: Mei Architecten
Location: Rotterdam, The
Projectmanagement: BOAG
Area: 55000.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Ronald Tilleman, Jeroen Musch, Courtesy of

De Fabriek in Rotterdam / Mei Architecten en Stedenbouwers

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Architects: Mei Architecten en Stedenbouwers
Location: , The Netherlands
Design Team: Robert Winkel, Menno van der Woude, Martin van der Werf, Robert Platje, Pepijn Berghout, Ernst de Jager, Reshma Gopal, Daniel Beirâo, Ben de Lange and June Ho Kim
Client: Havensteder, Lingotto, BAM woningbouw
Consultant : Grontmij
Constructor: Pieters Bouwtechniek, Delft
Area: 3560.0 sqm
Photographs: Jeroen Musch

Parasite or Savior? Ibelings van Tilburg’s Hovering New High-Rise

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This article originally appeared in uncube magazine as “Saviour or Parasite?

The post-war city centre of is ruled by commerce. Only five percent of the city’s inhabitants live in the centre, which is almost entirely occupied by highstreet fashion chains, fast food restaurants, and offices. After shop closing time, the shutters go down and the streets are deserted. The municipality would like to lure more inhabitants into the centre – but space for new residential buildings is scarce. So in recent years, a 1960s cinema and church had to make way for a huge new housing complex designed by Alsop Architects, and a residential tower by Wiel Arets was speedily attached to Marcel Breuer’s department store, De Bijenkorf. It was not until the municipality suggested forcing new housing high-rises into the green courtyards of the Lijnbaanhoven residential complex, designed in 1954 by Hugh Maaskant, that there were protests and the project had to be cancelled. For the time being, that is.

One densification project, however, tried not to destroy or debase the post-war building originally occupying its site. In many respects, the Karel Doorman residential high-rise could even be called the saviour of the old Ter Meulen department store. It might be rather uncommon for a valiant hero to crouch down on the shoulders of the little old lady he intends to rescue – but that’s more or less what happened here.

Exodus Cube / Personal Architecture BNA

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Architects: Personal Architecture
Location: Overblaak 56, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Architect In Charge: Maarten Polkamp, Sander van Schaik
Design Team: Leendert van Grinsven, Wiepkjen Kingma, Froukje van de Klundert
Area: 1,200 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: René de Wit