Downtown Rotterdam is designed as a unique residential building in the center of Rotterdam. A sturdy “city” building with a stepped tower volume on top. It is located in a street, the Baan, which was historically an extension of the Coolsingel, then still part of the bustling center of Rotterdam. After the war, the neighborhood became a quiet mixed neighborhood next to the center. The neighborhood was characterized by commercial buildings built by local entrepreneurs who wanted to rebuild the city. This activity has continued in the bustling Witte de With street with its many restaurants, hotels and galleries. The old commercial buildings are now being transformed one by one into residential buildings such as “Downtown” and give the area a lively character.
The building is designed with a sturdy concrete plinth, a stepped tower on top of it and a spectacular seven-meter cantilever, hidden at its ‘rear’. With this we aim to create a residential building that does justice to the diligence and independence that has characterized the quiet neighborhood. It offers residents affordable apartments with austere luxury without frills. It provides space for social housing, a care unit for vulnerable people and a commercial plinth. In the tower there is room for middle class – and some more expensive – apartments.
Downtown Rotterdam is designed as a residential community with a rich mix of housing types: residential work, independent care homes, maisonettes, studios, 2-3 room apartments and penthouses. It offers space for young and old, rich and poor, located near the city center and high-quality public transport. The tower is designed with large windows all around and large outdoor spaces up to 2.4 m deep. Roof terraces with greenery make living in the city noticeable, a new form of luxury that urban residents consider important. The design and housing program reflects the city of Rotterdam: varied, tough and quirky.