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Rotterdam: The Latest Architecture and News

A New Layer of Public Space: The Case for Activating Urban Rooftops

In increasingly denser urban environments, there is a new-found interest in underused spaces as opportunities for further development. Representing up to 25% of cities' land area, rooftops are among the most exciting spatial resources. From sustainable infrastructure and urban farming to social spaces and cultural venues, the article looks into the potential of creating a multi-layered city through the activation of urban rooftops.

CopenHill by BIG. Image © Hufton+CrowGreen Cloud by ZHUBO-AAO. Image © John SiuRodeph Sholom School Playdecks by Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects. Image © Francis DzikowskiYOU+International Youth Community Shenzhen by officePROJECT. Image © Chao Zhang+ 10

"Let's Change the Culture of Construction": Creating New Ways of Building with Superuse Studios

Like natural systems, great architecture is the product of circular processes. For Jan Jongert, a founding partner and architect at Superuse Studios, sustainable design is rooted in a continuous cycle of creation and recreation, use and reuse. Viewing re-use as a circular design strategy, the studio is developing strategies for cities to connect different flows and integrate these systems into the existing urban environment.

Afvalbrengstation with Wessel van Geffen Architects, Den Haag, Scagliola Brakkee. Image Courtesy of Superuse StudiosWikado Playground, Denis Guzzo. Image Courtesy of Superuse StudiosKEVN, Frank Hanswijk. Image Courtesy of Superuse StudiosVilla Welpeloo, Allard van der Hoek. Image Courtesy of Superuse Studios+ 20

Mecanoo Designs New Scenic Maritime Center for Rotterdam

Architecture and design practice Mecanoo has created a new vision for an iconic Maritime Center along the Rijnhaven in Rotterdam. Located in the middle of the water, the project includes an undulating, organic building form made to contrast with the industrial nature of the surrounding port. Partly underwater, the design features a triple helix and is made as a place for maritime entrepreneurs, science and culture.

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Fenix I Warehouse Renovation / Mei architects and planners

© Marc Goodwin© Marc Goodwin© Marc Goodwin© Marc Goodwin+ 27

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  23000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Reynaers Aluminium, Forster, Adobe, HCI Betonindustrie, +7

Powerhouse, Mecanoo and SHoP Join Design Team Reimagining Rotterdam's Rijnhaven

A new masterplan and building scheme has been designed for the Codrico Factory and Rijnhaven in Rotterdam. With the overall plan created by Powerhouse Company in collaboration with developer RED Company, the proposal includes a series of buildings by Mecanoo, SHoP Architects, Office Winhov and Crimson Architectural Historians. Called the "Codrico Terrain", the project aims to celebrate local industrial heritage and embrace change for the future.

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Terbregsehof 11 / Loer Architecten

© Rubén Dario Kleimeer© Rubén Dario Kleimeer© Paul Swagerman© Rubén Dario Kleimeer+ 19

  • Architects: Loer Architecten
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  800
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

MAD Breaks Ground on Museum of Migration in Rotterdam

MAD Architects has broken ground on the firm's first cultural project in Europe, the FENIX Museum of Migration in Rotterdam. Commissioned by the Droom en Daad Foundation, the project builds on the history of the Fenix warehouse, once the largest warehouse in the world. MAD’s renovation of the warehouse aims to connect the history of Rotterdam with the city's present culture.

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The Muse Residential Tower / Barcode Architects

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Natural Swimming Pools and an Airport City Master Plan: 10 Unbuilt Projects Submitted by our Readers

Focusing on diversity, this curated selection of the Best Unbuilt Architecture showcases a multitude of functions. Submitted by our readers, the projects vary in scale, program, design, and representation. Coming from all over the world, many of these interventions are in progress, while others are still in conceptual phases.

Introducing innovative and out of the box ideas, this roundup includes a floating farm in the Netherlands, natural swimming pools in South Korea, a resort in Hungary, and a cascading museum extension in Armenia. Even more common functions such as a hotel in Vietnam, an infinity loop library in China, a mixed-use building in Iran, headquarters for Yandex in Russia, and a campus in Germany, present inventive approaches and intriguing imageries.

The Parasite. Image Courtesy of ARC- Ashkan Rafiey CooperationLIFE Hamburg. Image Courtesy of LAVAJamsil Hangang Park Natural Swimming Pools. Image Courtesy of 100 Architects + CarveSichuan Dayi Infinity Library. Image Courtesy of ARVA+ 56

Zadkine Fashion Learning Workshop / Krill-Office for Resilient Cities and Architecture

© Frank Hanswijk© Frank Hanswijk© Frank Hanswijk© Frank Hanswijk+ 18

Ring of Swings / IND [Inter.National.Design] + Studio ID Eddy

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  300
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Withagen Houtprodukten

Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum / MVRDV

© Ossip van Duivenbode© Rob Galastra© Ossip van Duivenbode© Ossip van Duivenbode+ 16

Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Fill in the Gaps: Infill Architecture in Urban Residual Spaces

In all cities around the world, there are some forms of residual space, forgotten pieces of the urban fabric, remnants of overlapping layers of past development. This land whose conditions make it unsuitable for most types of conventional construction might be a fertile ground for architectural invention. Assigning a new value to vacant corner lots, dead-end alleys and strangely shaped plots opens up a new field of opportunities for inward urban development, expanding available living space and increasing amenities in densely populated cities. The following explores the potential for experiment and urban activation held by urban leftover space.

Hospice de Liefde, Center for Terminal Care / de Kovel architecten + studio AAAN

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Het Epos School / SeARCH

© Ossip van Duivenbode© Ossip van Duivenbode© Ossip van Duivenbode© Ossip van Duivenbode+ 15

  • Architects: SeARCH
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2325
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Alucobond, Archicad, Luna Thermowood, de Haan Westerhof

The Bellhop Hotel / local-eu

© Joey Van Dongen© Joey Van Dongen© Joey Van Dongen© Joey Van Dongen+ 40

  • Architects: local-eu
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Louis Poulsen

OMA and LOLA Unveil Images of the New Feyenoord Stadium in Rotterdam

OMA and LOLA Landscape Architects have revealed their design development for the New Feyenoord Stadium, in Rotterdam. Part of the Feyenoord City master plan, the scheme “has been optimized to ensure on-time and cost-effective delivery, while reinforcing its integrity as a vital iconic building”.

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