Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
De Karel Doorman in Binnenwegplein, Rotterdam by Ibelings van Tilburg architecten
August 2nd, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Ibelings van Tilburg architecten
A new residential building up to 70 metres in height and including 114 apartments is added to the existing Ter Meulen shopping building in Rotterdam. This is an unusual project as the new building literally rests on the columns and foundations of the existing structure. The only additions are a pair of concrete lift shafts which also provide stability.
The construction technique is unconventional for a project in the Netherlands, as the main structure is in steel instead of heavy stone-like materials as concrete and limestone. The existing building is restored to its original conditions and once again houses three shopping floors. Parking facilities are provided on the second floor and on the roof of the existing Ter Meulen building.
A respectful approach
The Ter Meulen building has a special place in the hearts of the inhabitants of Rotterdam. It was constructed in 1948 as a shopping centre for Ter Meulen, Wassen and Van Vorst and designed by Van den Broek and Bakema. With its extensive glazed facades the building was remarkable in its time for its transparent appearance. Ibelings van Tilburg architecten proposed to restore the Ter Meulen building to its original condition. Both of the in 1977 added floors are demolished to make place for the new appartment building.
A respectful approach is the starting point for the restoration work as well as for the design of the residential building. While the Ter Meulen building itself is restored to its original conditions, the design for the new addition is abstract. The new apartment building consists of a glazed external skin, with a print. The loggias and galleries are located behind the glazed shell. The façade of the apartments themselves is clad with Oregon pine.
One effect on the environment of adding additional floors is obvious: The original building is saved from demolition and thus waste is prevented. Adding additional floors above the roof is also an intesive form of space use, the roof now is used as ‘second’ surface level. In addition, the new floors added value at the urban level.
The retailers are located in the basement, on the ground floor and the first floor. Total 12.450 m2 of retail area. Using carlifts, drivers can park their vehicles on the second storey with its mezzanine floor, or on the roof. 156 Cars can be parked within the building. The 114 apartments are spread across seven connected floors. Nine floors in the western tower and six in the eastern tower. A sheltered roof garden for communal use is located at the 10th floor (40meters up) and is situated between the two volumes.
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