The Municipality of Rotterdam as the main tenant of ‘De Rotterdam’

by Rosanne van Tilburg on January 20, 2014

Last November 21, the OMA designed building De Rotterdam was completed and handed over to its future tenants, including the Municipality of Rotterdam. Early 2014 the fit out of the 44,000 sqm Municipal offices will start on site, following an interior design by GROUP A and Studio Makkink & Bey.

With a total gross floor area of approx. 160,000 sqm and a footprint of just one football pitch, De Rotterdam is a building of merely superlatives. When fully occupied some 5,000 people wil be staying in the building every day, making it the most densely populated part of The Netherlands. With 60,000 sqm of offices, over 1,500 sqm of cafe’s and restaurants, a hotel, leisure facilities, a 670 spaces carpark and 240 apartments, De Rotterdam will be a ‘vertical city’ on the Wilhelmina Pier. The building, positioned at the foot of the Erasmus Bridge, has now already become an unmissable part of the city skyline.

Photo: Ossip van Duivnebode Photo: Ossip van Duivenbode


De Rotterdam comprises a six floor base, reaching up to approx. 30 meters, with three transparent towers grouped closely together on top. Glass facades provide floor to ceiling windows, allowing the building to open up to its surroundings.

The municipal offices will occupy 33 floors in the middle one of the three towers. Being the main tenant, the Municipality of Rotterdam has been client to the interior design by GROUP A and Studio Makkink & Bey. Beginning 2015 the Municipality will move into its new premises.

The ‘vertical city’ De Rotterdam, creates opportunities for the design to be inspired by the spatial structure and socio-economic cohesion of the classical city. The sequence of public spaces (nodes), provides user orientation, structure and interaction. Applying these urban qualities to the new work environment, fits perfectly into the New Rotterdam Ways of Work (HNW010). Facility nodes will serve the user at various levels: individual workstation (home/street), work environment (neighbourhoodl) and organisation (city). The nodes reveal a surprising atmosphere, character and diversity, at which meeting and multifunctionality is stimulated. Every other floor, office floors are inspired by unique themes like ‘square’ or ‘park’, in accordance with the concept of the vertical city. A ‘Metro Map’ in the lift lobby on each floor, allows vertical travel through the building – the ‘vertical city’ – to be clear, transparent and enjoyable.

In the attached video, produced by the Municipality of Rotterdam, both tenant and architects / designers GROUP A en Studio Makkink & Bey explain and clarify the latest fit out designs for the Municipal offices.

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