Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands. With that comes the issue of Density. This slot shaped site has historical and monumental importance, including the adjacent Willem de Kooning Academy. The Leuvenhaven Toren addresses these dilemmas. This new building connects to the surrounding area through various means; public program spaces in the lower floors act as a funnel, including a pool and restaurant. This funnel effect is reinforced by a large element running the through the building. The element has its own structure and contains the pool, a cultural center and timeline of Rotterdam’s History. The floors above include sports and fitness spaces that connect with the Hogeschool. Above the public connections, there are configurable spaces for rent that precede two residential towers piercing through the sky reaching a total building height of 125 meters. The two towers respect the context around our site, yet take full advantage of the city’s views. Altogether, the form echoes a block that has been carved and shaped by a craftsman. The skin of the Leuvenhaven Toren unifies the carved form with colors that symbolize the spirit of Rotterdam; from becoming a prominent port city, to withstanding attacks during the Second World War. This Toren will hold meaning not only for the residents but for the whole city of Rotterdam.
A school project with colleague, David Mangano under a Graduate Studio with Tangram Architekten at Roger Williams University in Spring 2011.
Status: School Project
Location: Rotterdam, NL