ODA New York has designed a project that will add a 150-metre tower to the historic former post office in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
After sitting vacant for more than a decade, Rotterdam’s iconic Postkantoor will now be revived and transformed.
POST Rotterdam, a 58,000 sqm adaptive reuse project, will see the creation of a mixed-use residential/hotel/retail property with a new 43-storey tower rising towards the rear, straddling the existing open courtyard.
“The POST tower is a reinterpretation of both urban living and the Post Office’s architectural assets, extending the elegance of the main hall through to the tower,” said Eran Chen, executive director at ODA.
“This modern addition to the Ensemble Buildings in the Coolsingel district is based on an extremely rigorous investigation combined with the expertise gained over two years working with city partners.”
In a subtle nod to context, ODA mirrors the rhythm of five-foot spacing between columns on the Postkantoor’s façade in a stone grid that defines the tower.
Designed with nonpareil windows, the POST tower shows openings that vary in size and shape to funnel daylight.
At street level, the vaulted Great Hall that dates back to 1916 will undergo restoration to serve as the project’s public heart, fed by existing entrances at Coolsingel and Meent.
A new entrance on Rodezand will render the hall accessible from all sides, and will connect with the building’s back courtyard to form a sweeping passageway.
Throughout the hall and courtyard space public amenities will include retail, galleries, restaurants and cafes.
The upper floors, formerly dedicated to the telegraph and telephone services of the Post Office, will be revived with a five-star hotel operated by leading brand Kimpton.
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