OMA completes De Rotterdam Vertical City tower in Netherlands

24 November 2013 (Last Updated November 24th, 2013 18:30)

Architectural firm OMA has completed the 160,000m² De Rotterdam mixed-use slab-tower at the Wilhelmina Pier in the Netherlands.

De Rotterdam

Architectural firm OMA has completed the 160,000m² De Rotterdam mixed-use slab-tower at the Wilhelmina Pier in the Netherlands.

Situated on the banks of the Mass River, De Rotterdam is developed by MAB Development and OVG Real Estate.

De Rotterdam features three stacked and interconnecting towers that rise 44 floors to a height of 150m and have a width of more than 100m.

The building includes 60,000m² of overlapping blocks of office space; 1,500m² of hospitality and catering space; a hotel with conference facilities and 280 rooms; 240 apartments; and leisure facilities.

The building’s shared plinth is the location of the lobbies to each of the towers, creating a pedestrian public hub by means of a common hall.

OMA’s partners-in-charge Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon and Reinier de Graaf, and associate-in-charge Kees van Casteren supervised the various phases of design and construction.

Rem Koolhaas said despite its scale and apparent solidity, the building’s shifted blocks create a constantly changing appearance, different from every part of the city.

"The fact that it stands today represents a small triumph of persistence for the city, the developer, the contractor and the architects," Koolhaas added.

The building is named after one of the ships that transported Dutch immigrants to America from 1873 to the 1970s.

van Loon said efficiency has been a central design parameter of the structure.

"The extreme market forces at play throughout the course of the project, far from being a design constraint, have in fact reinforced our original concept. The result is a dense, vibrant building for the city," van Loon said.


Image: De Rotterdam features three stacked and interconnecting towers that rise 44 floors to a height of 150m. Photo: Courtesy of OMA.