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Wiel Arets Architects

Wiel Arets Architects

Amsterdam, NL | Maastricht, NL | Z├╝rich, CH

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The Hoge Heren

This intervention into the center of the city is located near the Maas River, and the primary mass of the building is incised or cut open by a large vertical void, aligning with the adjacent bridge and visually connecting the two banks of the river, which separates the 290 apartments into two 29-story towers. The two vertical towers stand on a six-story horizontal base, containing parking, storage, shops, cafe, and the entry hall. A second vertical incision, perpendicular to the first, forms the public hallways of the two towers and a narrow court in the base, and this cut allows natural light to penetrate into the center of the building’s volumes. At the top of the base, the towers stand on a garden terrace, onto which the lobbies open, including a large wellness area, while the entire ground floor of the base is glazed, so that the massive, rough-finished, black concrete outer wall that encloses both the base and the two towers appears to float above the ground. The apartments are divided equally between those with river and city views.

Location
Gedempte Zalmhaven 459
3011 BT Rotterdam
the Netherlands


Program
Housing

Size
38.840 m2

Date of design
1993

Date of completion
2001

Project team
Wiel Arets, René Thijssen, Henrik Vuust

Collaborators
Harold Aspers, Paul van Dongen, Lars Dreessen, Harold Hermans, Michel Melenhorst, Michiel Vrehen
 

Client
ABP, Vesteda

Consultants
Cauberg-Huygen Raadgevende Ingenieurs BV, C. van Ruitenberg BV, Wilma Bom BV, Loveld

 
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Status: Built
Location: Rotterdam, NL
My Role: Architect

 

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