De Rotterdam with Office for Metropolitan Architecture

Mixed-use "vertical city" including offices , 220 apartments, 280 room hotel , parking for 650 vehicles, retail / public program, total area 1,700,000 sq. ft.

The project is a mixed-use commercial tower that will be the largest single building in the Netherlands when complete. De Rotterdam is conceived as a vertical city: three interconnected mixed-use towers accommodating offices, apartments, a hotel, conference facilities, gym, shops, restaurants, and cafes.

The tower are cut mid-height and then shifted into an irregular cluster so that each part rest on the other. The massing creates interdependence between the different blocks of the building at a formal and also a functional level so that each part of the building is enlivened by its proximity to the others.

The facade for the different blocks and plinth is nearly identical - continuous vertical mullions at 2m grid cover the entire building. A night, however, as lights come on and the use of the building changes, the uniformity fades and internal diversity is exposed.

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