STADSKANTOOR, NETHERLANDS, ROTTERDAM, 2009
By OMA © All rights reserved
For Rotterdam's Stadskantoor, a new building for the city hall that
will accommodate municipal services, offices, and residential
units, OMA conceived a modular building with repeated units
gradually set back from the street as they rise into two irregular
peaks. The building's composition of smaller cells creates an
impressive, complex form when viewed from Coolsingel, one of
Rotterdam's main arteries, and allows for subtlety and adaptability
as the new building meets the Stadstimmerhuis (a municipal
building, from 1953), which surrounds it on two sides.
The Stadskantoor's innovative structural system generates
maximum efficiency and versatility both in construction and in
program: units can be added or even dismounted from the structure
as demands on the building change over time, and can adapt to
either office space or residential parameters as desired. Green
terraces on higher levels provide the possibility of an apartment
with a garden in the heart of urban Rotterdam. On the street level,
the structure allows for generous open space, with modules
overhanging rather than encroaching into an interstitial area,
encouraging an active and open engagement between the Stadskantoor
and the city.
Design development; competition 1st prize 2009
Ontwikkelingsbedrijf Rotterdam (OBR)
6 hectares including Stadstimmerhuis, opposite Stadhuis and Postkantoor
Total 48,480m2: stadswinkel XL 8,750m2, municipal offices 15,730m2, apartments 10,400m2, central space and support 3,400m2, retail 1,600m2, parking 8,600m2
ABT B.V: Rob Nijsse, Gyuszi Florian, Niek Kunnen, Harry Pasterkamp, Jeroen ter Haar
Pieters Bouwtechniek Delft B.V.
Deerns Raadgevende Ingenieurs B.V.
Sustainability advisor, fire consultant, building physics advisor:
DGMR Bouw B.V.
PRC: Ben Kersten, Marjan Pebbelman
Partners in charge:
Rem Koolhaas, Reinier de Graaf
Alex de Jong
Philippe Braun, Clarisa Garcia Fresco, Andrew Linn, Takeshi Murakuni, Peter Rieff, Carolien Schippers, Tom Tang, Sakine Dicle Uzunyayla, Mark Veldman, Grisha Zotov
Mark Veldman, Pascual Bernad, Vilhelm Christensen, Alessandro De Santis, Katrien van Dijk, Jake Forster, David Gianotten, Alasdair Graham, Mendel Robbers, Dirk Peters, Tsuyoshi Nakamoto, Timur Shabaev, Yuri Suzuki, Milos Zivkovic