Rotterdam as a modern town is provocative as hip and trendy. It urges for ever higher, bigger, bolder and more. In this continuous state of renewal, it is worth to cherish its modern legacy. The heroic buildings from the reconstruction period are worth maintaining for future generations. Therefore we would like to introduce the revival of a modern classic.
Revival of the modernistic icon
Behold the heraldic power new architecture had in Rotterdam. Office building Hofplein 19 is one of the first post-war constructions in Rotterdam Central District. It’s freestanding clarity, transparency and its iconic presence are evident. This resembles for most Rotterdammers the image of the Hofplein together with the Hilton Hotel and the Schiekade block. We like to ascertain that this memory should be cherished.
The building is characterized as a free-floating office bar with stone heads on top of two small glazed objects that bear it. Which is the entry to the building and a petrol station. Note the delicate historical relation this office building resembles which it had with the higher-lying Hofplein terminus station. This setting is gone, the head station is demolished, now the reminiscent of the station is a green park. The opening under the building is thus a reminiscent a visual relation towards the station.
Inviting building connecting park and square
The premise of the project is to allow for clear visual relations that allow for connecting the Hofplein square on to the higher-lying park. For this, we introduced renewed placid facades for glass objects under the office building and secondary to over emphasize the curtain wall façade of the office building. In this way, we emphasize the original ‘floating’ of the office building and it’s under lying opening. Thereby we enlarged the original entry to introduce the possibility for a café, which enhances the liveliness of the location. The placid underlying objects direct visual attention and pedestrian movements.
See the project website for more information: www.hofplein19.nl.