OMA: De Rotterdam

OMA completes De Rotterdam, a 160,000 sqm slab-tower conceived as a “vertical city” on the river Maas with a mix of programs organized into distinct but overlapping blocks.

OMA: De Rotterdam
OMA completes De Rotterdam, a mixed-use, 160,000 sqm slab-tower conceived as a “vertical city” on the river Maas with a mix of programs organized into distinct but overlapping blocks of commercial office space, residential apartments, hotel and conference facilities, restaurants and cafes.
OMA: De Rotterdam
Top: Evening view on bridge, copyright OMA, photo by Ossip van Duivenbode. Above: North view bridge, copyright OMA, photo by Ossip van Duivenbode
Ellen van Loon, partner at OMA, explains: “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.”
OMA: De Rotterdam
View on West tower, copyright OMA, photo by Philippe Ruault
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.
OMA: De Rotterdam
West Erasmus tower, copyright OMA, photo by Ossip van Duivenbode
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. 
OMA: De Rotterdam
On the left: facade view, copyright OMA, photo by Ossip van Duivenbode. On the right: atrium, copyright OMA, photo by Ossip van Duivenbode
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.
OMA: De Rotterdam
On the left: streetview East, copyright OMA, photo by Philippe Ruault. On the right: streetview West, copyright OMA, photo by Philippe Ruault
 “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.” Says Rem Koolhaas.

De Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Program : mixed-use vertical city
Architects : OMA
Clients : De Rotterdam CV, The Hague
Gross Floor Area : 162,000 sqm
Height : 150 m
Completion : November 2013

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