The new tower, commissioned by property developers Stebru, will be located in the Scheepmakershaven, part of the Maritime District of Rotterdam. This has been a growing residential area since 2009 characterised by towering structures which ‘Riva’ will accompany, blending seamlessly into the surroundings.
On the site are currently two office buildings designed between 1956 and 1963. As these show the typical character of the area, it was agreed with the Municipality of Rotterdam that these listed buildings would be preserved as much as possible during its redevelopment.
Starting with preservation in mind, the extension atop the office blocks aims to stand in a balanced contrast against the much taller high-rises of the area. The extension will cover a gross floor area of 10,300 sq m and provide panoramic views of the harbour and city for the 56 planned apartments.
Each of the apartments will feature a balcony which serves as an extension of the existing space, constructed of anodized aluminium and cold bent glass. Light brown concrete undersides and reliefs made of wooden planks create an image of warmth and luxury.
The offices within the original buildings will be retained and space for restaurants will be created within. By utilising the office space in combination with residential, it will create a lively atmosphere with a plethora of uses that will create and encourage spontaneous encounters.
In between the residential and office space will be a recreational space with a living room and roof garden. These will offer a meeting place for workers and residents while also featuring the constructive truss that supports the tower extension.