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Dutch Architecture Award goes to KCAP

KCAP Architects&Planners' project The Red Apple was awarded the title ‘Dutch Architecture Award 2009’ during the Expo Real in Munich.

The jury of the HPP architects’ award, which is organized by the Holland Property Plaza Foundation, chose The Red Apple unanimously. "We agreed to judge all entries on three criteria: would you like to live or work in the building, the aesthetic quality of the model and the ideas or concepts behind the presentation", said Lionel Veer, Dutch Consul General in Munich and chairman of the jury. Co-jurors were Hamit Karakus, alderman of the Municipality of Rotterdam, Michael Quadt, manager of the office for ‘Ruhr 2010 European Capital of Culture 2010 in Essen’, Germany, and Karin van den Berg, manager BrabantStad in the Netherlands. The HPP architects’ award called publicly for submissions and received a total of 13 entries. The Red Apple was chosen as the winner because 'the jury was impressed by the way KCAP’s model displays the multi-user concept and the integration of the new building in the surrounding area', said Lionel Veer.

The Red Apple is KCAP’s most recently completed residential development in Rotterdam comprising 231 apartments, offices, retail and restaurants in a total gross floor area of 35,000 sq m. The Red Apple occupies a strategic spot within the city, between Rotterdam’s centre and the river Maas. It is located on Wijnhaveneiland (wine habour island) for which KCAP has developed a dynamic urban transformation model to redevelop the post-war monofunctional area.

Holland Property Plaza exhibited the award entries during the Expo Real fair in Munich (October 5 through 7) with the theme ‘Dutch architecture, leading the world’. As award winning project The Red Apple will be exhibited subsequently in two more public exhibitions in cooperation with the Province of Noord-Brabant (start December 3rd in Provinciehuis Noord-Brabant) and the city district Zuid-Oost of Amsterdam (in the Stadsdeelkantoor Amsterdam Zuid-Oost early 2010).

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