Solid 11 by Tony Fretton Architects Ltd; photo by Peter Cook
The London-based multi-award-winning architectural practice established no less than three decades ago by Tony Fretton have completed this 8000-square-meters building located near the popular Vondelpark in central Amsterdam. Intended for numerous purposes, the canal facing seven-storey Solid 11 ‘has been designed to provide flexible space for a range of activities including apartments, workspaces, a hotel, shops, cafes and restaurants and public facilities such as a kindergarten.’ (more…)
Seafarer's Centre by ARK-House Architects
The Finnish based practice ARK-house Architects recently realised the new building for the Seafarer’ Centre close to the main entrance to the Helsinki’s Vuosaari harbour. With its organic shape and the use of mailny natural materials it forms a strong contrast to the crushing hectare-sized steel warehouses, and the artificial landscape of tarmac fields and container seas which dominates the area. As the only public building in the area, its role is to serve as a place of respite; a small multipurpose building for the seamen that arrive at the harbour form afar.
All Images: Courtesy of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)
Part of an effort to regenerate the Kop van Zuid area of Rotterdam, Netherlands, these three multifunctional towers will feature space for corporate offices, residential apartments, a hotel / congress, restaurants, retail / public program and parking – creating a bustling vertical city that is active 24 hours a day. The project is situated on the Wilhelminapier, near the Hotel New York, the Luxor Theater and the cruise terminal. The Wilhelminapier is part of the Kop van Zuid district of Rotterdam, close to the Erasmus Bridge, and will develop into an exclusive residential / commercial location in the future. De Rotterdam will be a mixture of uses, such as offices, apartments, hotel, congress, restaurants, retail / public program and parking. This mixed usage will enable the Wilhelminapier to develop into a genuine city center location, with a host of facilities ensuring that something is happening at all times.
Project Architect: Kees van Casteren
The name of the building – De Rotterdam – recalls the maritime history of the area. In fact, the Wilhelminapier is the former departure point of the Holland-America line, from where tens of thousands of Europeans immigrated to the United States in decades past. One of this company’s famous ships was named De Rotterdam. This building accommodates functions that create a synergetic use of the different facilities by the various occupants. For example, residents can use the fitness and catering facilities, and office users can benefit from the conference and hospitality facilities in the hotel and catering establishments.
Partners-in-charge: Rem Koolhaas, Reinier de Graaf, Ellen van Loon
The different programs are organized into different blocks, that – essentially shell and core – provide the individual users the great flexibility. The clustering of these blocks into a functioning ensemble creates a seemingly random composition that allows the building to blend into its context and yet maintain a distinctive look. Taking the mixed usage as the basis, OMA developed a very striking architectural concept – ‘the vertical city’ – a building of approximately 155.000 m2 floor area and 150 meters high. The ground floor is largely devoted to public amenities, combined with entrance lobbies of the offices, apartments and hotel. Three access cores suffice to serve the different parts of the building and provide access for each program. The lobbies for the offices and hotel, the restaurants and public program in the plinth are interconnected by a large public hall that serves as a general traffic hub for all the functions and users in the building.