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De Fabriek in Rotterdam / Mei Architecten en Stedenbouwers

  • 01:00 - 17 October, 2013
De Fabriek in Rotterdam / Mei Architecten en Stedenbouwers
De Fabriek in Rotterdam / Mei Architecten en Stedenbouwers, © Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch

© Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch © Jeroen Musch + 25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rotterdam, 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

  • Constructor

    Pieters Bouwtechniek, Delft
  • Area

    3560.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch

Text description provided by the architects. Mei architecten en stedenbouwers recently completed De Fabriek in Rotterdam (The Netherlands). A monumental factory is regenerated into a dynamical place for young, creative businesses.

© Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch

In the heart of bustling Delfshaven on the banks of the river Schie is an old characteristic industrial complex located which has lost a lot of its luster and vibrancy in the course of the years. The by time grown together agglomeration of characteristic buildings has become in an almost irreversible process of decline by years of vacancy and neglection. The exterior of the former steam laundry has two distinctive faces. On the street side, a series of traditional houses, and on the river Schie-side a factory-look inluding a big masonry chimney.

© Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch

The narrow collaboration of the involved parties pursued to preserve this monumental complex. The building needed a radical change to become a central place for the creative industries, in which young small businesses and self-employed who have outgrown their living room may establish.

© Jeroen Musch
© Jeroen Musch

The strategic design of Mei is based on the preservation of the still existing aesthetic, cultural, historical and constructive quality, whereas the collapsed and dilapidated areas are replaced by an atrium adding spatial (light, air and space) and programmatic quality. The atrium forms the “heart” of the building as a meeting place for entrepreneurs, including collective elements as lounges, meeting places and pantries. The leveled business units gather around the atrium and make use of the existing characteristic façade openings around which are retained. The additions that are made, such as the steel structure in the atrium, are minimalistic and possess a uniform color palette to maintain the spatial quality. Bronze facades, which fit into the streetscape, reveal the new addition. The atrium is topped by an industrial rooflight to complete the pure renovation of De Fabriek.

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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "De Fabriek in Rotterdam / Mei Architecten en Stedenbouwers" 17 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884