A sustainable, future oriented transformation for Rotterdam's city centre

Today, KCAP presented its results for a densification study for Rotterdam's inner city. Together with IMd, Fakton and architectural historian Wijnand Galema, KCAP has given an impetus to the research location ‘GGD’, situated in close proximity of the city centre on one side and the Erasmus bridge on the other. The team proposes a sustainable, future oriented and phased transformation that revives the existing location.

It is the city's ambition to densify the inner city and to develop more residential space. The city also wishes to create an attractive and lively inner city. The densification study ‘Licht Verdicht’ is organised to allow multi-disciplinary design teams to explore the possibilities to upgrade existing post-war buildings in Rotterdam’s city centre by adding new floors onto the existing constructions. As a strategy for urban transformation, vertical densification has not yet been investigated this extensively.

Vibrant programming with respect for history
The research done by team KCAP led to a tailor-made densification strategy providing a vivid programming with respect for historical aspects. By transforming the building ensemble not only from a construction point of view but also on a site level, by adding more volume and by altering the public space, a coherent and renewed city has emerged. This is an important characteristic of the team’s solution.

Seven design teams investigated possibilities for three locations in the city centre. The results of the teams are bundled in a publication. The design study and the publication are a joint initiative of BNA Research, Ibelings of Tilburg Architects, Rotterdam municipality, NL Engineers, Manhave Real Estate, AM BV and the Maarsen Group.