Schiecentrale 4b / Mei Architecten

© Ronald Tilleman

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

De Fabriek in Rotterdam / Mei Architecten en Stedenbouwers

© Jeroen Musch

Architects: Mei Architecten en Stedenbouwers
Location: Rotterdam, The
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

© Ossip van Duivenbode for architecten

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

© René de Wit

Architects: Personal Architecture
Location: Overblaak 56, Rotterdam, The
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

Van Buchem House / Siebold Nijenhuis Architect

© Menno Emmink

Architects: Siebold Nijenhuis Architect, Broekbakema
Location: Rotterdam, South
Landscape: Gudrun Bosch
Area: 110.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Menno Emmink

Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam 2013

Courtesy of City of & Creative Industries Fund

The 2013 Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR), which focuses around the theme, ‘Time Machine,’ is set to take place in the cinemas of LantarenVenster October 10-13. The event will all be about evaluating the past and dreaming about the future. This will be done with movies, lots of movies, in which ‘the world called city’ is the leading character. The festival will also hosts television series, debates and talk shows. More information after the break.

IABR 2014 Call for Projects

Courtesy of IABR 2014

With the theme of ‘Urban by Nature’, the sixth edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam opens in May 2014 in the Kunsthal in . With Dutch landscape architect Dirk Sijmons as the curator, IABR is calling for best practices from all over the world to support and substantiate the Biennale’s main exhibition’s narrative. Prospective participants who have designed or are designing concrete projects that deal with the relationship between man, nature and city, are invited to submit their applications by June 9, 2013. For more information, please visit here.

Luchtsingel / ZUS + Hofbogen BV

© Ossip van Duivebode

The Luchtsingel is a pedestrian footbridge in Rotterdam that is being realized by crowdfunding, an exciting new means of funding in which the public donates money via an online platform (essentially investing in an unrealized idea) in order to make a project reality. The Luchtsingel, which uses the slogan “the more you donate, the longer the ”, has resonated with the public imagination and surpassed its initial funding goals, becoming an important part of ’s urban rejuvenation.

Read more about the unusual birth of this public bridge, after the break…

Villa Vonk / VenhoevenCS

© Luuk Kramer

Architects: VenhoevenCS
Location: Hoogvliet, Rotterdam,
Team: Ton Venhoeven, Cécilia Gross, Danny Esselman, Eelco Bergman, Jan Lebbink, Alexander Speelman (intern), Katarzyna Duleba (intern), Igor Začek (intern)
Area: 4,714 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Luuk Kramer

9 Houses on the Water / BLAUW architecten + FARO Architecten

© Jeroen Musch

Architects: BLAUW architecten + FARO Architecten 
Location: , The Netherlands
Design Team: Carin ter Beek, Roel Lichtenberg
Area: 175 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Jeroen Musch

Hoogvliet / VMX Architects

© Christian Richters

Architects: VMX Architects
Location: Alverstraat, Rotterdam, The
Architect In Charge: Don Murphy
Client: Vestia Hoogvliet / Estrade Projecten and Ambap BV Projectontwikkeling
Area: 18,860 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Christian Richters

De Karel Doorman / Ibelings van Tilburg Architecten

© Ossip van Duivenbode

Architects: Ibelings van Tilburg Architecten
Location: ,
Area: 10,500 sqm
Photographs: Ossip van Duivenbode, J. Versnel en J.F.H. Roovers

RDM Innovation Dock / Groosman Partners I Architecten

© Theo Peekstok

Architects: Groosman Partners I Architecten
Location: Rotterdam,
Area: 1,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Theo Peekstok

Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam

Courtesy of AFFR

Taking place October 10-13, this year’s Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam, which is considered the world’s largest architecture film festival, is expected to attract an audience of approximately 5,000 international visitors. The event will include screenings of over 100 movies, docs and shorts. For more information, please visit their official website here.

Bridge House / 123DV

© Christiaan de Bruijne

Architects: 123DV
Location: , The
Area: 825 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Christiaan de Bruijne

Zeeuws Housing / Pasel.Kuenzel Architects

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Architects: Pasel.Kuenzel Architects
Location: Rotterdam, The
Team: R. Pasel, F. Künzel, F. Sack, H. Vollmuller, L. Paschke
Client: Heijmans Vastgoed BV
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Pasel.Kuenzel Architects

Shipping and Transport College / DP6

© Marcel van der Burg

Architects: DP6
Location: Anthony fokkerweg, , The
Design Team: Robert Alewijnse, Chris de Weijer Dardo Mantel, Harrie Hupperts, Jimmy van de Aa, Tim Sluiter, Alvaro Novas Filgueira, Sarina Gomez
Consultants: Pieters Bouwtechniek, Nelissen ingenieursbureau, Basalt Bouwadvies
Contractors: Heerkens van Bavel, Wolter & Dros, Alewijnse Delft
Client: STC-group
Area: 7,600 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg, Christian Richters

In Progress: Campus Hoogvliet in Rotterdam / Wiel Arets Architects

© Jan Bitter

Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: Lengweg 
3192 BM, Rotterdam
, The
Design Team: Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Joris van den Hoogen, Jos Beekhuijzen
Collaborators: Mai Henriksen, Jochem Homminga, Joost Korver, Marie Morin, Julius Klatte, Sjoerd Wilbers, Benine Dekker, Anne-Marie Diederich
Consultants: ABT BV, Wetering Raadgevende Ingenieurs BV
Client: Woonbron
Area: 41100 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jan Bitter, Courtesy of