The Red Apple Rotterdam [NL]
Residential complex with 231 apartments and mixed-use functions
The Red Apple is a mixed-use development which rises 124 metres skyward at the head of Rotterdam’s Wijnhaven Island, located between the city centre and the river Maas. The Red Apple is a highly varied architectural mass with 231 apartments, shops, restaurants and business spaces. Flanked by water on three sides, the Red Apple enjoys views across the river and the ‘Old Harbour’.
The development consists of two major volumes– a mixed use tower and a partly cantilevering apartment block building. The volumes are connected by a public plinth which anchors the volumes within the existing surroundings. All apartments of the two volumes are diagonally oriented and offer a maximum of transparency via floor-to-ceiling glass and provide extraordinary views. The tower’s loadbearing structure is clad in red aluminum panels, creating bold vertical lines which decrease in width towards the top to support its slender appearance. As such, the distinct red stripes accentuates the Red Apple in Rotterdam’s skyline.
Client Havensteder (formerly PWS) Rotterdam
Program 35.000 m2 of which 231 apartments, 1.500 m2 retail and restaurants, 3.800 m2 offices, 340 parking places
Time 2002 - 2009
Participating parties Jan des Bouvrie (life style concept)
Last Sunday, the Red Apple Marina was officially opened as part of the first Wijnhaven Festival in Rotterdam. The Red Apple Marina is an initiative of Wijnhavenisland inhabitants and entrepreneurs with the aim to bring more life to the area. The marina is meant for boats and small yachts. View on the facebook page of Red Apple Marina photographs and a short film of the official opening with alderman Ronald Schneider.
Much interest for the Red Apple at Rotterdam's Day of Architecture next Saturday: all tours to the 37th floor are now already fully booked! We wish all participants a nice tour. Enjoy the magnificant views! Check here for all activities Rotterdam's Day of Architecture.
KCAP is one of a range of Dutch architects published in 'Discover Benelux', a special of the Business Inflight & Members magazine of among others British Airways, Swiss Air and the business lounges of KLM and Air France. Click here for the online version. (KCAP on p. 36)
Yesterday, KCAP's ibis hotel in Rotterdam's Wijnhaveneiland has been officially and above all spectacularly openend with a show by Flyboatteam on the river. The hotel is already operational since August 2014 and marks a major step in KCAP's urban transformation of the post-war office environment Wijnhaveneiland into a new vivid city quarter. The hotel, together with Dock21 and the Red Apple, complete the block at the tip of Wijnhaveneiland.
A delegation of the Shenzhen Urban Planning & Design Research Company visited the Netherlands with focus on sustainable city development. On June 23rd, they visited Rotterdam with the Red Apple as part of their program.
ArchitectuurNL #07 interviewed Han van den Born about living in the Red Apple in the monthly column about an architect's home. [[file:architectuurnl07]]
The construction of the new ibis hotel and Dock21 apartment building at Wijnhaveneiland, next to the Red Apple has reached its highest point. Yesterday, the official ceremony was celebrated. Completion of the 139 bedroom hotel and apartment building with 21 units is expected in the summer of 2014. Click here to follow the building progress via webcam.
Today, the Rotterdam edition of the free Metro paper publishes an interview with Han van den Born about living in KCAP's Red Apple building. [[file:0135metro]]
On April 22nd, Dutch minister Stef Blok visited together with BNA various architects and architecture projects, among which The Red Apple in Rotterdam. Some pictures are published now on Flickr. Take a look!
The Gouden Piramide ('Golden Pyramid') is a state prize awarded each year for excellence in commissioning work in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, infrastructure and physical planning. Every building client in the Netherlands is eligible for the award. The prize is open to municipalities, private individuals, companies, organisations, specialised building clients etc. The theme for 2013 is “area development" and received 53 submissions. A minimum of three and maximum of five clients will be announced by the end of April 2013. KCAP is involved in 3 submitted projects: - Noorderhaven Zutphen / De Mars- Laakhavens Den Haag - Rotterdam centre as City Lounge
The 2013 Archipendium 365 day tear off calendar 'architecture' is released with KCAP's Red Apple on July 24th. Check out the official website.
KCAP's Red Apple is one of 24 nominated projects in this year's edition of the Rotterdam Architecture Award with as topic 'housing'. Cast your vote here for the audience award!
Hans Werlemann's art work 'Neutrino 2011' of KCAP's Red Apple is included in the Grote Rotterdamse Kunstkalender 2013 and is one of 365 unique art works presented in the second edition of the calendar. Click here for more information on the calendar.
The contract for the realisation of the new Ibis hotel on Rotterdam's Wijnhaveneiland has been signed by Accor Hotels and J.P. van Eesteren. The ensemble consists of 139 hotelrooms, commercial spaces and 21 apartments. The hotel and appartment building forms together with the Red Apple, also a design by KCAP, the block at the tip of Wijnhaveneiland with views to the old harbour.
KCAP as part of a group of Dutch architects active in China joins a stand at the China Sustainable Building Forum & Expo 2012 in Shanghai which is part of the 2012 Shanghai Architecture Fair and will take place in the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The initiative is organised by the Dutch Consulate General in Shanghai. The fair is from March 27th till March 29th.
On March 20 and 21, the exhibition "WATERWORKS" opens in the Instituto Politecnico Nacional (IPN) in Mexico. The exhibition is part of the water project "Vivir con Agua. Mexico y Holanda compartment endo experiencias', organized by the Dutch Embassy in Mexico City. The purpose of the water project is to increase the co-operation between the Netherlands and Mexico's public and private sectors in the field of water. The exhibition is organized by DAFdf arquitectura y urbanismo, in cooperation with the Dutch embassy in Mexico City and Nuffic / Neso Mexico. The exhibition includes a selection of the most inspiring Dutch architecture and urban projects that reflect a new approach towards water management. In the selection of projects are also included KCAP's masterplan San Sebastian and Wijnhaveneiland / The Red Apple Rotterdam.The exhibition runs from March 20 to April 13, 2012 at the Instituto Politecnico Nacional (IPN) in Mexico.
On invitation of AetA Society, Kees Christiaanse compiled his findings about Rotterdam in a book. This publication is the third in the FORUM series of AetA, after Amsterdam of Ton Schaap and The Hague of Maarten Schmitt. The book will be officially launched on Monday, March 12 at 20:00 pm in the Dependance in Rotterdam. The evening is a collaboration between AetA , AIR and O1O Publisher.Registration via AIR Foundation.
Book 'The Red Apple and Wijnhaveneiland' sold out but available on google books. Click here.
During the "fall lecture series" at The University of Pennsylvania School of Design Kees Christiaanse gave last week students lecture about urban regeneration. To explain the different regeneration strategies several KCAP projects like Perm Strategic Masterplan in Russia, Stadstuinen, GWL-Terrein, Wijnhaveneiland and Red Apple in the Netherlands, HafenCity in Germany and Creative Gateway Shenzhen in China were presented.The video of the lecture is now available on the website of PennDesign
Author Dirk Meyhöfer publishes an article about the Red Apple in the German monthly architecture magazine DBZ within the topic of the July issue 'highrise'.Read the article here.
The Tagesspiegel Berlin features today an article about Rotterdam as city of architecture, about the city renewal and its futuristic approach to architecture. KCAP as Rotterdam based office and our projects Blaak 31 and the Red Apple are mentioned in the article.Read here the online version of the article.
NRClux weekend paper interviews Han van den Born about living in The Red Apple. Click here for the [[file:pdf]] of the article.
The Red Apple is nominated as one of four projects for the first edition of the Dutch Kleur Buiten Prijs. The award highlights inspiring examples for the conscious application of colour to buildings and public space. Nominated projects are:- Natuurbelevingscentrum De Oostvaarders, Drost en Van Veen Architecten/Gemeente Almere - Le Medi, Geurst & Schulze Architecten/COM Wonen Rotterdam, ERA Bouw Zoetermeer, Woonbron Rotterdam - Red Apple, KCAP Architects&Planners/PWS Rotterdam - Het 4e Gymnasium, HVDN architecten/Stuurgroep 4e Gymnasium Amsterdam The winner will be announced during the Bouwbeurs (building fair) in Utrecht on February 10th.See as well architectenweb and Kleurbuitenprijs