MVRDV to design new mixed-use tower in Rotterdam


Netherlands-based architecture firm MVRDV has won the competition to design The Sax, a 51-storey mixed-use tower in Rotterdam’s Wilhelminapier port development.

With two interconnected towers, The Sax will rise between the New Luxor Theater and the Boston and Seattle residential tower.

It has a different shape that comprises the interconnected Philadelphia and Havana towers with a total surface area of 82,000m².

The towers include 450 apartments, a hotel, wellness centre, parking, and varied commercial facilities.

MVRDV co-founder Jacob van Rijs said: “The façade features a contemporary reinterpretation of the bay window, providing views for each unit with the advantage of allowing individual and unique apartments in this large collective complex.

“This windowed effect adds an extra dimension in experiencing the view onto Rotterdam. The plinth and the bridge, which contains a hotel, will be open to the public, making Wilheminapier even more lively.”

"All main rooms inside the building are situated within the bay-windowed façade, enabling all apartments to benefit from the daylight."

The main layout of the mixed-use tower is adopted for housing distribution in towers that are about 70-150m-high and connected by an air bridge in which the 150-room hotel is located.

All main rooms inside the building are situated within the bay-windowed façade, enabling all apartments to benefit from the daylight.

A public terrace is located on top of the hotel at 80m high.

MVRDV collaborated with Arup on the structure, façade design and sustainability of the tower, on which construction is set to start next year, with completion expected by the end of 2022.


Image: The Sax comprises the interconnected Philadelphia and Havana towers. Photo: courtesy of MVRDV and WAX Architectural Visualisations.