Blaak 31 Rotterdam [NL]

Many new projects in Rotterdam’s Laurenskwartier and the Waterstad contribute to the revival of this once historic center of Rotterdam. A new layer of living and working spaces is added in the reconstruction to breathe new life into the area. Commissioned by PROVAST developers, KCAP Architects&Planners designed a new office building at Blaak 31 for businesses including the law firm Loyens & Loeff.

The location on the corner of Blaak and the Binnenrotte is a striking and historically significant position in the city where it once lacked urban intimacy. To address this, the design provides an activated street profile with public functions, anchoring it to the start of the Binnenrotte and the lively Blaak outdoor market. Together with other initiatives in the vicinity, the whole area is transformed into an attractive destination in the centre of Rotterdam, well connected by the adjacent Blaak metro and rail station.

The volumes of the 12 storey building twist and shift 2.70 meters every three floors. This form is partly determined by the neighbouring market hall, with the aim to optimise daylight and privacy for both buildings. Along Blaak, the underground metro also limits the ground floor footprint. The massing optimises these constraints to create a striking, iconic form, apt for its prominent site and this new destination area in the city.

Client Provast Development, Den Haag
Program 23.000 m2 office building of which 14.000 m2 office for legal and fiscal advisors Loyens & Loeff, 3.300 m2 for Glencore Grain, one storey underground parkinggarage
Time 2007 - 2010
Role  Architect
Participating parties Fokkema & Partners Architecten (interior)