Through De Rotterdam, which is the Netherlands’ biggest construction project, OMA/Rem Koolhaas has developed the country’s first vertical city. This 150 meter high building is formed from three interconnected towers, the joining of which at different levels creates its special dynamism. “It took us ten years to develop the building”, explains Rem Koolhaas, who is delighted with De Rotterdam’s realisation. He has made an art out of creating space in high places in a country where ground-level square meters are seriously limited.
Koolhaas: “De Rotterdam is a persuasive design. Its fascination comes from the fact that, despite being an undoubtedly large building, it’s actually formed of small parts that come together to form an exciting whole. This is in contrast to so many other buildings in Rotterdam that are just singular entities. De Rotterdam has an ambitious agenda: to be a residential building, a place of work, a recreation centre and a hotel. For every component, we looked at how its circumstances, situation and views could be best utilised. As a result, every part has a different character.
Every day, 3,000 to 4,000 people will put De Rotterdam to full-time use. Through living in 240 apartments spread over 35,000 m2. Through working in 60,000 m2 of office space. Through using a four star hotel whose 285 rooms occupy 19,000 m2.Through parking in a secure 25,000 m2 garage with spaces for 684 cars. And through making use of 3,500 m2 of conference rooms, shops, restaurants and cafés that are soon to appear. In short, it’s a building full of international appeal.
Photo: Bart van Hoek